Scintillating Blitzboks victorious in Dubai

Scintillating Blitzboks victorious in Dubai

Scintillating Blitzboks victorious in Dubai

The 14-12 U.S. win reversed the pool play result, where the Kiwis dominated 45-14, and is the first time the Black Ferns Sevens have lost a match since January - when they were also beaten by the Americans.

The second half saw Rosko Specman sent to the bin in the first minute of the second half and New Zealand immediately forced their way back into the match with two tries in two minutes through Andrew Knewstubb and captain, Scott Curry, one of which was converted to take the score to 19-12.

The Blitzboks made the ideal start to the defence of their HSBC World Sevens Series title by winning the season-opening tournament in Dubai on Saturday.

But in the dying embers‚ Tim Agaba drove over from close range to seal with win and secure the Blitzboks the maximum 22 log points.

Jeffery Oluoch powered over from a turn over ball to put Kenya ahead, but his celebration was cut short by Seabelo Senatla, who latched onto a loose ball in the middle to draw level before he grabbed the brace for the tournament's champions.

"We kind of let them back into the game", said Snyman.

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"It was a long pre-season and a lot of guys went on to play some XVs so it's a new team with some unfamiliar faces".

New Zealand almost came back in the second half after Rosko Specman was sent to the sin bin.

"It's been a while since we all played together but it's so great to win again in Dubai", added Senatla, who scored seven tries in Dubai.

Remarkably, it was just the third time in their history that the New Zealand women's sevens have been knocked out before the semifinals, having been defeated by Australia and England in quarter-finals in 2015.

Bowen scored his second try while Fiji rallied late, though it wasn't enough to stop England taking bronze in Dubai. "We got stuck by our own line early in the second half and that killed us".

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