New Zealand win their first Dubai Sevens since 2009

Canadian rugby players sporting ice-covered toques during halftime on Saturday

Canadian rugby players sporting ice-covered toques during halftime on Saturday

New Zealand's record 10th appearance in the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup final saw them end their title drought at the Sevens Stadium, the 21-5 victory over United States giving the All Blacks Sevens their first title here since 2009.

"In saying that it was a really good lesson for us to build as a team, form a few new combinations with some of the regular players out with injuries, and to see where we need to get better".

Earlier Australia looked on course for the gold medal match after crushing England 27-12 in the quarter-final before losing after the siren to Canada 15-10 in the semi-final.

Ng Shiu and Knewstubb accounted for New Zealand's points as, backed up against their own try-line, they held out England for minutes at a time in a gruelling second half.

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.

Greenshields collected her three in Canada's 38-7 opening win over Fiji.

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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 third of the way through the qualifying process, the Langford-based Canadian women's rugby sevens team appears well positioned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Scots claimed a consolation try after the hooter sounded as Harvey Elms reached out to score but New Zealand were too good and advanced to the semi-finals.

The Black Ferns were in formidable form, notching 53 unanswered points in their respective quarterfinal and semifinal wins against Russian Federation (31-0) and U.S. (22-0).

The first half was a stop-start affair with the Blitzboks just edging Scotland 5-0 at the break.

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

Four-time winners New Zealand also won the first event of the series in Colorado last month and lead the table on 40 points, six points ahead of the Canadians.

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