New Zealand complete double success at Dubai Rugby Sevens as men's team down USA

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New Zealand’s dominance of the 2018 Dubai Rugby Sevens was completed on Saturday night when their depleted men’s side defeated first-time finalists the United States 21-5, a day after their female counterparts had downed another North American opponent in Canada.

Scott Curry, Sam Dickson, Akuila Rokolisoa and Regan Ware were among those unavailable for the All Blacks Sevens on Saturday, meaning they had just nine players for the showpiece in front of a packed crowd at The Sevens.

But this didn’t stop Clark Laidlaw’s side from ending a dominant 2018 – they had previously claimed the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco – in fitting fashion

“We missed a few soldiers,” said Andrew Knewstubb, who was named player of the final.

A 7-0 half-time lead was earned for New Zealand by Tone Ng Shiu’s score. Luke Masirewa’s early sin binning after the break for a high tackle was soon punished by Stephen Tomasin’s darting run from the left for the USA.

This score to make it 7-5 came with only four minutes left. But this was as close as the States would get.

Dylan Collier, just about, evaded the rapid Carlin Isles to run in and Ngarohi McGarvey crossed at the death to crown the win for New Zealand.

This was New Zealand’s record-breaking seventh Dubai win and first since 2009.

England earlier took bronze by edging Australia 15-14 in a thriller. Fiji won the fifth-place final, beating reigning Dubai champions South Africa 24-19 in an extra-time clash with two tries from debutant Aminiasi Tuimaba.

Samoa claimed the first silverware of the 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series by beating beat France 33-24 in the Challenge Trophy final.

Meanwhile, the Black Ferns continued their perfect start to the campaign with a 26-14 victory against Canada in the Dubai Rugby Sevens final.

The 2017/18 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series runners-up saw playmaker Tyla Nathan-Wong play the starring role on Friday night, scoring a brace of tries and notching three conversions against opposition who were also undefeated at The Sevens Stadium coming into the decider. This triumph followed on from last month’s opening success at Glendale, United States.

“Dubai is one of my favourite places to play,” captain and Player of the Tournament Sarah Goss told Newshub.co.nz.

“It’s been an amazing couple of days.”

Theresa Fitzpatrick began the scoring in the third minute, but Canada hit back immediately through Ghislaine Landry’s converted try that put the North Americans into the lead.

The stage was then set for Nathan-Wong, who split the defence right on half-time to earn her side a 12-7 lead at the break.

Gayle Broughton increased that advantage for the Black Ferns, only for Canada to respond through

Julia Greenshields’ sprint home from distance. This closed the gap to five points.

A high tackle from Canada’s

Bianca Farella saw her, critically, sent to the sin-bin. In her absence, Fitzpatrick sold a superb dummy before releasing Nathan-Wong to cross over unimpeded for her second try.

Sydney is the next stop on the women’s tour, in February.

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New Zealand’s Black Ferns continued their perfect start to the season with a 26-14 victory against Canada in the Dubai Rugby Sevens final.

The 2017/18 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series runners-up saw playmaker Tyla Nathan-Wong play the starring role on Friday night, scoring a brace of tries and notching three conversions against opposition who were also undefeated at The Sevens Stadium coming into the decider. This triumph followed on from last month’s opening success at Glendale, United States.

“Dubai is one of my favourite places to play,” captain and Player of the Tournament Sarah Goss told Newshub.co.nz.

“It’s been an amazing couple of days, and I’m proud of the efforts of the girls. The new girls thrived, and they will get better and better with the opportunity.”

Theresa Fitzpatrick began the scoring in the third minute, but Canada hit back immediately through Ghislaine Landry’s converted try that put the North Americans into the lead.

The stage was then set for Nathan-Wong, who split the defence right on half-time to earn her side a 12-7 lead at the break.

Gayle Broughton increased that advantage for the Black Ferns, only for Canada to respond through Julia Greenshields’ sprint home from distance. This closed the gap to five points.

A high tackle from Canada’s Bianca Farella saw her, critically, sent to the sin-bin. In her absence, Fitzpatrick sold a superb dummy before releasing Nathan-Wong to cross over unimpeded for her second try.

Sydney is the next stop on the women’s tour, in February.

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Legends Brian O’Driscoll and Bryan Habana putting kids through paces at Dubai Sevens

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HSBC ambassadors O'Driscoll and Bryan Habana with schoolkids at the Dubai Sevens in December.

Ahead of this weekend’s world renowned Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, global title partner HSBC felt it only fitting to bring together two former heavyweight rivals to the UAE – Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll and South Africa speedster Bryan Habana.

The pair are at the Sevens this weekend to launch a timetable of inspiring coaching clinics in the fan village aimed at accelerating the development of young rugby talent in the UAE.

Fifteen lucky schoolchildren were thrilled to find former British & Irish Lions centre O’Driscoll and Springboks winger Habana waiting for them on the pop-up pitch, with the two legends joining local coaches to sprinkle their rugby wisdom on the rookie youngsters, in the first of 11 high-paced, energetic coaching clinics to run across the weekend.

In a year where rugby has been added to the national curriculum in the UAE, the coaching clinics form part of the banks continued efforts to support the growth of rugby in the Middle East, with children aged eight-16 able to sign up for the introductory rugby tasters at any point during the weekend.

Those interested in taking part simply need to visit the pop-up pitch with a parent or guardian and register their interest, where they will receive a time slot for them to return to strap on their trainers and get involved on a first come first served basis.

Get down to the Dubai Sevens on Saturday to get some tips from Bryan Habana and Brian O'Driscoll.

Get down to the Dubai Sevens on Saturday to get some tips from Bryan Habana and Brian O’Driscoll.

Speaking at the launch of the HSBC skills zone, Habana, international rugby’s second highest ever tryscorer with 67, said: “To continue growing, it’s important that rugby is always looking to reach out to new players and new fans.

“Starting with the next generation is crucial, which is why I’m excited to hear that rugby has been added to the national curriculum here in the UAE for the first time.”

O’Driscoll, who is Ireland’s leading appearance maker with 133 caps and eighth on the all-time tries list with 47, added: “Rugby sevens is the perfect format for attracting kids to the game.

“Coaching clinics like this are being run by HSBC across the weekend. Encouraging them to have fun with their friends and give rugby a go.”

In 2018, HSBC had over 100,00 children participating in grassroots rugby initiatives globally with many of those involved coming from the UAE. A total of 36,576 children went through the UAE Rugby Federation’s Player Pathway Programme in 2018, of which 16,970 were girls.

The HSBC coaching clinics will run on a first come first served basis at the following times on Saturday, December 1: 11.00 – coaching clinic; 13.00 – coaching clinic; 15.00 – coaching clinic (13-16); 16.00 – coaching clinic; 18.00 – close.

To learn more, follow @HSBC_Sport on Twitter and Instagram and HSBC Sport on Facebook.

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