Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Dubai Women's Rugby Sevens: England & Ireland lose in quarter-finals

Dubai Women's Rugby Sevens: England & Ireland lose in quarter-finals

It was bound to be tough for Paul Murunga's side in the opening two legs of Dubai and South Africa Sevens, what with several key players missing.

The Springboks Sevens hardly got out of the blocks before they lost arguably their most influential player to injury at the Dubai Sevens.

He says they had a good build-up and strong pre-season.

The Red Roses made the flawless start to the competition with wins over Australia, USA and China to advance to the last eight where they will face reigning champions Australia on Friday.

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New Zealand had only two reserves instead of the usual five after a sapping 7-5 win over England in the semi-finals.

However, the U.S. scored two quick tries before Australia hit back under the posts but it was a try in referee time that broke Australia's hearts, finishing the scores at 17-22.

Dubai is the opening tournament of the men's World Series, out of which the top-four finishers will also advance to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

New Zealand won the Dubai Sevens title a record-tying sixth time after beating first-time finalists the United States 21-5 in the Cup final on Saturday. "Even the boys back home who couldn't be here, I know they were cheering us on".

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After surviving a Scottish assault on their line, New Zealand then finished off a scintillating attack that started from behind their own posts and Knewstubb was the last man on the end of a brilliant move.

It is unclear whether he will be fit for next weekend's Cape Town Sevens at the Cape Town Stadium.

Ng Shiu gave New Zealand a first-half lead only for Tom Bowen to cut the deficit to two points early in the second half. Phil Burgess wrapped up the win after intercepting a Rosko Specman pass, before South Africa scored a consolation try through Selvyn Davids.

Canada trailed 21-0 before Pat Kay scored to cut the French lead to 21-5 at the half.

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Ngarohi McGarvey-Black's late try sealed the win.

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