NZ in Sevens women's final

South Africa's Muller du Plessis runs with the ball during the HSBC Canada Men's Sevens in BC Place Stadium in Vancouver

South Africa's Muller du Plessis runs with the ball during the HSBC Canada Men's Sevens in BC Place Stadium in Vancouver

Knewstubb was tackled in the air taking the opening kickoff, causing America's Perry Baker to be sin-binned.

The other Cup quarterfinals are New Zealand versus Russian Federation, U.S. versus France and England versus Australia.

New Zealand won their first game at the Sevens Stadiums in Dubai easily, beating Kenya 34-7.

Scores were locked 21-all with time elapsed on the clock when Dick, playing in her first World Series tournament, gathered the ball 40-metres out from the line and powered away from the tiring United States of America defence for the decisive score on Friday.

Connor Braid scored two tries and Luke McCloskey added a single in a losing cause against Australia.

In the rematch, New Zealand took a 7-0 lead, but the US capitalized on a penalty to make it 7-5. A try-saving tackle from Mike Ellery prevented the Blitzboks answering back before Mitchell's second and a Tom Bowen try increased England's lead to 17-0 at half-time.

Collier quickly tipped the ball onto Andrew Knewstubb who finished off the play, strolling in under the goal posts untouched to score New Zealand's third try of the match.

ZIMBABWE'S Sevens rugby team failed to pick a win in their opening two Pool matches on the opening day of the Dubai Sevens despite putting on a commendable display against their more experienced neighbours South Africa and Argentina yesterday.

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Canada opened Day 1 of men's play Friday with losses of 26-12 to England and 31-19 to Australia before beating Japan 27-7.

Britt Benn and Kaili Lukan then scored their second tries of the day in a 21-14 win over France that gave the Canadians first place in Pool C.

That set up the final showdown with New Zealand, which advanced by blanking Russian Federation 31-0 and the usa 22-0 in the knockout rounds.

The Aussie men now head to Cape Town for the second leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series next weekend.

England, who beat defending champions South Africa in the quarter-finals, came from behind against Australia to finish third overall.

I am hoping to contribute more than past year when I was concussed in the opening seconds of our first pool game.

The two-time winners broke back through Dominique Du Toit, but Ellie Kildunne and Natasha Hunt both went over the whitewash to seal a ideal start to the event in Dubai.

A top-four finish this season means automatic qualification for the 2020 Olympics.

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