All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

Portia Woodman scored for New Zealand

Senatla scored another try to put South Africa 12-0 up in the tie, following the first minute opener from Cecil Afrika.

The New Zealand women's sevens team have been handed a stunning loss to United States of America in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Sevens.

A dominant first-half display from the Blitzboks saw them lead 19-0 at half-time, playing a 6 man New Zealand at a stage.

The 14-12 United States 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 Kiwis had remained unbeaten in pool play and through the quarter and semi- finals at the season-opening Dubai Sevens, but never really recovered from a storming South African start in the final.

The reigning series champions fell to a 14-12 defeat after a late converted try handed the Americans a shock victory.

Meanwhile, Snyman's teammate and last year's World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla said that it was a great performance.




"We let NZ back into the game with a silly yellow card and one or two mistakes towards the end nearly cost us‚" SA captain Snyman said.

Next week sees the teams come to Cape Town with England looking to defend their crown in the Mother City.

After beating England 14-7 in the semi's, New Zealand set up a final against the Blitzboks.

"We deliberately didn't put the guys into anything like this in pre-season as it's such a long season for us so it was always going to be a little bit of a risk".

"We aren't focused on the result‚ we are focused on the processes and our aim is to leave the pitch happy knowing we did all we can‚ even if the result doesn't go our way".

On the men's side, Canada split its opening games, with a 29-15 loss to Kenya followed by a 22-17 win over Uganda.

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