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Blitzboks beat New Zealand to win the Dubai Sevens

Blitzboks beat New Zealand to win the Dubai Sevens

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.

Chasing their first tournament win since Vancouver in 2016, the New Zealanders clawed their way back with tries to Scott Curry and Andrew Knewstubb after Specman was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock on.

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.

"There were some pretty sticky performances from us which we knew would be the case with this being our first tournament of the season", said Amor.

"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.

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After losing to New Zealand in the semifinal, England captain Tom Mitchell, said: "It's tough to take and frightful to lose but they seized their chances better than we did". Kwagga Smith, fresh from his venture into 15s with the Lions in Super Rugby, showed pure power to shrug off three defenders and rumble towards the Fiji line, only to be held up short.

Smith was named player of the final but Senatla was among the best players at the tournament.

England had opened the day with victory over Australia through Glover's try with the final play of the game, though the rub of the green eluded them in the 14-5 defeat to New Zealand. The England star dotted down in the corner and left the All Blacks Sevens trailing 0-5 at half-time.

Scotland's Darcy Graham and England's Dan Norton top scored with eight tries.

Eden Agero put restored Kenya's lead thanks to some quick thinking as he rose off the ruck unnoticed after tapping against the ball and then racing clear of two Ugandan clutches score to make it 12-7.