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EMIRATES AIRLINE DUBAI 7s 2016Dubai 7s 2016


HSBC 7s Day 2Dubai 7s Winners South Africa 2016

SOUTH AFRICA claimed top prize in Dubai on Saturday after they beat last season's series champions and Olympic gold medallists Fiji, 26-14.

The Blitzboks, who impressed over the two days, scored early tries from Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez to put them into an early lead, however Fijian captain Osea Kolinisau fired back to make it 14-7 at half-time.

Straight from the restart, Jerry Tuwai touched down under the posts with the conversion levelling matters at 14-14, but shortly afterwards HSBC Player of the Final Chris Dry edged South Africa ahead. That score gave his team the momentum and it was a final try from Seabelo Senatla that sealed the match, bringing his tally to 11 tries for the tournament.

Speaking afterwards, captain Philip Snyman said: "We just needed to stick to our game plan and structure and that's exactly what the guys did. We never let Fiji into the game and then they were playing catch-up rugby, which I think worked to our advantage.

"We can be positive going into our home tournament next weekend in Cape Town, but we need to start all over again and fix a few things that went wrong. We need to recover well over the next few days."  

Meanwhile, England and Wales faced off in the battle for bronze in Dubai. Speedster Dan Norton scored a remarkable four tries while Richard de Carpentier and Charlie Hayter also got on the scoreboard to complete both a 33-10 win and a positive weekend for the English.

Australia finished the day in fifth place while USA raised the men’s Challenge Trophy with a 28-14 win over Samoa, with Perry Baker’s beautiful first-half chip-and-chase try raising the noise even further at 7he Sevens Stadium.

SEMI FINALS
Fiji and England had the crowd on their feet for much of this encounter, with a thrilling first half that saw tries from England’s Ruaridh McConnochie and Dan Norton, while Setareki Bituniyata and Samisoni Viriviri touched down for Fiji. 

However, despite England’s hard work around the park, the Olympic champions hit back with a devastating second-half display with tries from Waisea Nacuqu and Masivesi Dakuwaqa helping to seal a 31-12 win and a spot in the final.

While Wales will be happy with a semi-final appearance in the first round of the series, they won’t be best pleased with their semi-final performance. Starved of possession in the first half, they could only watch as the unstoppable Senatla scored a first-half hat-trick. Werner Kok and Justin Geduld added to the tally, with Ethan Davies scoring Wales' only try, as it finished 36-5 to South Africa.

QUARTER FINALS
The first quarter-final on Saturday saw France face a Fiji team that went unbeaten on day one and while France tried, they were no match for a team that can offload from any position.

Sevuloni Mocenacagi’s try early in the second half was an example of sevens at it's very best as the game finished 40-5, with Sacha Valleau getting the only try for France.

The clash of England and Scotland in the second quarter-final lived up to the hype. A physical England got stuck into the Scots in the early stages, with Dan Bibby and Dan Norton combining very well for their second try of the match.

But true to form, Scotland mounted a fight-back that left the game poised at 21-19 in their favour, after England’s Tom Mitchell scored with just seconds left. With the clock in the red, Scotland were awarded a penalty but, with a new law that means teams must form a lineout if they kick directly to touch from a penalty awarded in overtime, the Scots were forced to halt celebrations. Scotland lost the resulting lineout and England punished them when Ruaridh McConnochie scored in the corner to give England a 24-21 win and a spot in the semis.

Australia and Wales picked up where the previous sides left off, delivering another classic for the crowd in the Dubai desert. Two second-half tries, one at the start and one at the end of the match, from Morgan Williams sealed a fantastic victory for Wales over Australia, 21-12.

The last quarter-final promised much but delivered little from a New Zealand point of view, as they went down 40-0 to the Blitzboks. Cecil Afrika cut through the Kiwi defence for the opening score before Seabalo Senatla touched down for his seventh try in Dubai. Kyle Brown, Chris Dry, Justin Geduld and Werner Kok also scored during the emphatic victory.

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HSBC 7s Day 1

REIGNING HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions and Olympic gold medallists Fiji were one of four teams to maintain a 100 per cent win record on day one of the Dubai Sevens and march into the Cup quarter-finals.

POOL A
1 Fiji 2 Wales 3 Argentina 4 Canada

The Pacific islanders took a major step towards retaining their Dubai Sevens title with three wins in Pool A over Wales, Argentina and Canada, providing some thrilling rugby at the opening round of the world series.

They will face France in the final eight and will be joined by three other unbeaten sides from day one as South Africa, England and Australia all shone bright in the Dubai sun.

"We're happy with how we performed but we knew it was going to be tough," said Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau. "We got three wins in the bag, and a win is a win. We learned a lot from the first three games.

"Against Argentina we knew they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us because they had lost to Wales. I am proud of the way the boys were resilient. We were down twice and had two yellow cards, but the boys came back so it's testament to them."

POOL B
1 South Africa 2 Scottish Rugby 3 USA 4 Uganda

South Africa, series runners-up for four years in a row, put their stamp on Pool B with victories over Scotland, USA and Uganda. World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla showed his quality with six tries on day one, two more than any other player. The Blitzboks will play New Zealand in the Cup quarter-finals, a side they lost to twice in finals during their 2015-16 campaign in both Wellington and Vancouver.

POOL C
1 England 2 New Zealand 3 Samoa 4 Russia

England, runners-up last year in Dubai, produced a dominant display against the All Blacks Sevens in Pool C to add to their earlier victories against Samoa and Russia. They will face Calum Macrae's Scotland side on day two.

POOL D
1 Australia 2 France 3 Kenya 4 Japan

In Pool D a new-look Australia, under the captaincy of Sam Myers, notched up three wins against Japan, France and Kenya. Head coach Andy Friend's side will play Wales in their Cup quarter-final.

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HSBC 7s Pools


POOL A

ArgentinaCanadafijiWales

POOL B

Scottish RugbysaUgandaUSA

POOL C

EnglandnzRussiaSamoa

POOL D

australiafranceJapanKenya


HSBC 7s Results

FRIDAY 2nd DECEMBER

1

09:00

KENYA

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14-24

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FRANCE

POOL D

2

09:22

AUSTRALIA

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19-14

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JAPAN

POOL D

3

09:44

USA

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5-14

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SCOTLAND

POOL B

4

10:06

SOUTH AFRICA

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46-0

Flag Uganda.JPG

UGANDA

POOL B

5

10:30

ARGENTINA

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19-21

Flag Wales.JPG

WALES

POOL A

6

10:52

FIJI

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26-19

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CANADA

POOL A

7

11:14

ENGLAND

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19-7

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SAMOA

POOL B

8

11:36

NEW ZEALAND

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26-5

Flag Russia.jpg

RUSSIA

POOL B

9

12:00

KENYA

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17-7

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JAPAN

POOL D

10

12:22

AUSTRALIA

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28-0

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FRANCE

POOL D

11

12:44

USA

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29-7

Flag Uganda.JPG

UGANDA

POOL B

12

13:06

SOUTH AFRICA

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21-5

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SCOTLAND

POOL B

13

14:14

ARGENTINA

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21-14

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CANADA

POOL A

14

14:36

FIJI

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24-12

Flag Wales.JPG

WALES

POOL A

15

14:58

ENGLAND

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38-7

Flag Russia.jpg

RUSSIA

POOL B

16

15:20

NEW ZEALAND

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26-21

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SAMOA

POOL B

17

18:00

FRANCE

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35-0

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JAPAN

POOL D

18

18:22

AUSTRALIA

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17-12

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/KEN.png

KENYA

POOL D

19

18:44

SCOTLAND

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35-14

Flag Uganda.JPG

UGANDA

POOL B

20

19:06

SOUTH AFRICA

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19-17

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/USA.png

USA

POOL B

21

19:31

WALES

Flag Wales.JPG

31-5

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/CAN.png

CANADA

POOL A

22

19:53

FIJI

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22-19

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ARGENTINA

POOL A

23

20:15

SAMOA

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17-15

Flag Russia.jpg

RUSSIA

POOL B

24

20:37

NEW ZEALAND

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12-26

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ENGLAND

POOL B

SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER

25

09:30

ARGENTINA

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31-14

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/JPN.png

JAPAN

BOWL QF

26

09:52

SAMOA

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27-19

Flag Uganda.JPG

UGANDA

BOWL QF

27

10:14

KENYA

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22-14

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CANADA

BOWL QF

28

10:36

USA

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/USA.png

40-0

Flag Russia.jpg

RUSSIA

BOWL QF

29

11:00

FIJI

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40-5

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/FRA.png

FRANCE

CUP QF

30

11:22

ENGLAND

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24-21

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/SCO.png

SCOTLAND

CUP QF

31

11:44

AUSTRALIA

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/AUS.png

12-21

Flag Wales.JPG

WALES

CUP QF

32

12:06

SOUTH AFRICA

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40-0

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NEW ZEALAND

CUP QF

33

13:38

JAPAN

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19-26

Flag Uganda.JPG

UGANDA

SHIELD SF

34

14:00

CANADA

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/CAN.png

27-5

Flag Russia.jpg

RUSSIA

SHIELD SF

35

14:22

ARGENTINA

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/ARG.png

10-12

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/SAM.png

SAMOA

BOWL SF

36

14:44

KENYA

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/KEN.png

19-21

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/USA.png

USA

BOWL SF

37

15:57

FRANCE

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17-26

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/SCO.png

SCOTLAND

PLATE SF

38

16:19

AUSTRALIA

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20-12

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NEW ZEALAND

PLATE SF

39

16:41

FIJI

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31-12

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/ENG.png

ENGLAND

CUP SF

40

17:03

WALES

Flag Wales.JPG

5-36

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/RSA.png

SOUTH AFRICA

CUP SF

41

17:57

UGANDA

Flag Uganda.JPG

17-20

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CANADA

SHIELD FINAL

42

18:19

SAMOA

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14-28

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USA

BOWL FINAL

43

18:44

SCOTLAND

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12-19

http://www.irbsevens.com/imgml/flags/24/AUS.png

AUSTRALIA

PLATE FINAL

44

19:08

Rio 2016 Bronze MedalENGLAND

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38-10

Flag Wales.JPG

WALES

BRONZE

45

19:33

Rio 2016 Silver MedalFIJI

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14-26

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SOUTH AFRICARio 2016 Gold Medal

CUP FINAL

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HSBC 7s Intro

OLYMPIC gold medal winners and 2015-16 series champions Fiji begin their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 men's campaign against Canada, following the announcement of the full match schedule for the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens.

Fiji have a new coaching set-up following the departure of Ben Ryan but as the reigning Dubai, series and Olympic champions they will start as firm favourites. The islanders also play Wales and Argentina in Pool A on the first day of the men's season on 2 December 2016.

Last season's second-ranked side South Africa, bronze medallists at the Olympics, start against African qualifier Uganda with further matches against last season's London champions Scotland and the USA.

For the first time in the 17-year history of the series, New Zealand will start a season without long-time coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens. Twelve-time series winner Tietjens retired after the Olympic Games, having served in the role for 22 years and motivation will be high for the All Blacks Sevens after a disappointing Rio campaign. They will start their Dubai challenge against Russia with further matches against Samoa, also under new management, and England, whose coach Simon Amor and captain Tom Mitchell guided Team GB to an Olympic silver medal.

Australia's men head the fourth of the pools and start their season against newly-promoted Japan, who finished an impressive fourth in Rio following a famous pool victory over New Zealand. Singapore champions Kenya and France also lie in wait.

Excitement is building in Dubai as the new HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series gets set for kick-off.

HSBC 7s Squads

The 16 men's and 12 women's captains gathered in Dubai on Wednesday to officially launch the competition, which begins for the women's teams on Thursday and the following day for the men.

Dubai 7s 2016 CaptainsOff the back of a hugely successful Olympic Games in Rio, which saw rugby gain more than 16 million new fans, the teams are preparing for a new Olympic cycle that will set them on course for Tokyo 2020.

Fiji's Olympic gold medal-winning captain Osea Kolinisau said their achievement has made a massive difference: "It has been life-changing. You get asked for a lot more photos and you get invited to all sorts of places to try and inspire children. But life is all about changes, and now we start with the new series and we have to readjust, starting here in Dubai."

Players also got to grips with the new HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series mobile App which was launched ahead of the new season.

Covering both the men's and women's series, the App will keep new and existing rugby sevens fans up to date with all the action from the 16 tournaments, 10 men's and six women's, in the 2016-17 season.

World Rugby also announced that the upcoming series will see Hawk-Eye replay technology used for head injury assessments (HIAs) and judicial decisions during matches at all rounds of the men's and women's series.

In a move that will further enhance player welfare, Hawk-Eye, which was used successfully at Rugby World Cup 2015, will allow medics to review any suspected head injuries in real time with different angles.

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