Debacle in Dubai for Blitzboks

Debacle in Dubai for Blitzboks

Australia will meet Argentina in the quarter-finals on Saturday at 6:44pm AEDT while New Zealand will face Scotland, red-hot Fiji will take on the United States of America and reigning world series champions South Africa come up against England.

The Kiwis have not won the World Series since 2014 while the victor of the season-opening Dubai tournament has gone on to win the overall series for the last five years.

We believe we are a top four side and now it is up to all of us in the USA Sevens squad to deliver the consistent success that will be needed to ensure we don't have to take part in the other qualifying tournaments to find the 12 teams that will be competing in Japan.

New Zealand lost Luke Masirewa to the sin-bin and in his absence the U.S. hit back, Stephen Tomasin running in the try but captain Madison Hughes' conversion went just wide of the left upright.

"You just look across at your mates there, they look at you, and you just connect on the field".

"We need to be better - we need to be great".

"We're not quite there yet, that's the reality of it", Walsh said.

"It was really unfortunate for us [to have so many injures] but we knew we had to get our heads down and start working coming into this final against a really good US Team". After battling past Samoa, the Blitzboks' ill-discipline let them down in their final pool game on Friday as they slipped to defeat against Argentina.

The New Zealand Black Ferns claimed the gold medal with a comfortable 26-14 victory over Canada in the final.

The Black Ferns Sevens close out 2018 leading the World Series after two tournaments, and boast an impressive 39-match winning streak. The All Blacks Sevens put in 42 tackles in total and Scott Gregory's final turnover was greeted by roars of delight.

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The US against France makes up the fourth quarter-final, with the semi-finals and final to be played tomorrow as well.

Moments before, the USA knocked on and the ball went out.

"Australia are a quality outfit, man", Barrett said. From the opening exchanges England dominated proceedings with captain Tom Mitchell powering over from close range for the first try.

The turning point came when Bianca Farella was sin-binned for a high tackle, and New Zealand took advantage with a scrappy run by Stacey Waaka and Nathan-Wong's second, insurance try. Phil Burgess wrapped up the win after intercepting a Rosko Specman pass, before South Africa scored a consolation try through Selvyn Davids.

Captain Sarah Goss scored three tries as New Zealand finished flawless in pool play on day one of the Dubai Sevens.

Shujaa could however, not protect the lead, allowing France to win with a late converted try.

A Harry Glover try with time running out lifted England to a 15-14 win over Australia in the third-place match.

The Red Roses made the ideal 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. Fiji hit back through Apenisa Cakaubalavu, but then couldn't contain Baker just before half-time when he shrugged off two players on the outside.

A hat-trick by young gun Muller du Plessis had given the Blitzboks a 19-14 lead heading into the final seconds, before Fiji levelled matters in the last move of regulation time (19-all). Sam Pecqueur scored a try with seconds left for Scotland to trail by only 21-19, then Jamie Farndale appeared to touch down the victor, but it was disallowed because he stepped out of bounds.

The fifth place play-off saw Scotland beaten 29-0 by South Africa, who scored five tries in the opening 12 minutes.

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