Amor thrilled with Dubai effort as England secure Sevens bronze

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.

Two tries in the second half for Kenya settled the hugely physical tie as Shujaa rose to second in Pool A on seven points, two behind series champions South Africa.

New Zealand have been unceremoniously dumped out of the opening tournament in the women's rugby sevens world series, beaten by the United States in the Dubai quarter-finals. A try in the last few seconds from Tim Agaba, however, sealed the 24-12 victory for the Blitzboks.

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

The Kiwis had earned a spot in the final after downing England 14-5 in the semis, battling back from a 5-0 half-time deficit.


South Africa has gotten their sevens season off to the best possible start after a dominant display in Dubai. Woodman's try had given New Zealand a 12-7 lead, but they couldn't hold on under a wave of pressure.

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

"It was a long pre-season and a lot of guys went on to play some 15s so it's a new team with some unfamiliar faces".

"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". With the conversion good, Fiji mounted their comeback through Jerry Tuwai, the quick footed playmaker running in an easy score after multiple phases of play stretched the defence thin.

The Blitzboks breezed through the group stages, beating Uganda, Kenya and Canada.


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