New Zealand claim Dubai Sevens title

Date published: December 1 2018

New Zealand beat the USA to win the first men’s World Rugby Sevens Series competition of the season following a 21-5 triumph in Dubai.

They edged to the final after a 7-5 victory against England in the Cup semis but had too much quality in the showpiece event, touching down three times.

England finished third, beating Australia 15-14 in the Bronze final, having eliminated defending champions South Africa in the quarter-finals.

In the Challenge Trophy, Samoa defeated France 33-24 in the final, while Wales overcame Japan 31-7 in the 13th place play-off.

Day Two Results

Challenge Trophy quarter-finals
Samoa 40-12 Japan
Spain 26-19 Kenya
Canada 38-5 Zimbabwe
France 38-17 Wales

Cup quarter-finals
South Africa 5-22 England
New Zealand 21-7 Scotland
Australia 38-0 Argentina
Fiji 14-24 USA

13th place semi-finals
Japan 26-19 Kenya
Zimbabwe 10-14 Wales

Challenge Trophy semi-finals
Samoa 26-22 Spain
Canada 12-28 France

5th place semi-finals
South Africa 29-0 Scotland
Argentina 21-31 Fiji

Cup semi-finals
England 5-7 New Zealand
Australia 17-22 USA

13th place play-off
Japan 7-31 Wales

Challenge Trophy final
Samoa 33-24 France

5th place play-off
South Africa 19-24 Fiji

Bronze final
England 15-14 Australia

Cup final
New Zealand 21-5 USA