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2014 EMIRATES AIRLINE DUBAI 7sDubai 7s South Africa Cup Winners 2014

DAY 2

HIGHLIGHTS

SOUTH AFRICA won the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens Cup final for the first time since 2008, defeating Australia 33-7 in a clinical display of sevens rugby, with Kwagga Smith putting in a commanding performance in attack and defence.

The win puts them second in the overall series standings behind Fiji, and ahead of Australia and New Zealand who complete the top four in the race to qualify directly for the 2016 Olympic Games with Gold Coast winners Fiji beating New Zealand to third place.

End to end rugby was the feature of the early exchanges with neither side able to break up the opposition defence. It was South Africa's three-try semi final hero Smith who posted first points with a strong bust down the right. Australia hit back right on half-time, spreading the ball wide to Pama Fou, levelling at 7-7 going into the break.

Unlike the first half it was only a matter of seconds before the scoreboard ticked over again, Philip Snyman diving low beside the posts for the Blitzboks' second. Sam Myers had a chance to level the score for Australia, appearing in their first-ever Dubai Cup final, but was held up over the line by Smith in a last ditch show of strength.

Seabelo Senatla then put on the after burners to chase down a kick and score to extend South Africa's lead to 21-7. Senatala's second, bringing him level with Ambrose Curtis on seven tries to lead the tournament try scoring charts, and a Ruhan Nel five-pointer sealed the win.

"We didn't play our best in Australia but this was a fantastic event for us," South African captain Kyle Brown said. "We've worked hard on our defence all day and this means a lot to all of us. We'll enjoy tonight for sure!"

Earlier, South Africa produced a dominant 28-0 win over defending series champions New Zealand to book a place in the Cup final. Everything Kwagga Smith touched turned to points in the first half as he locked away a hat-trick giving South Africa a 21-0 lead, with Cecil Afrika putting the icing on the cake for Neil Powell's charges with a breakaway try with two minutes remaining.

Australia had pulled off the upset of the tournament on their way to the Cup final, a first for coach Geraint John, defeating defending champions Fiji 29-24 in extra time, Greg Jeloudev scoring the winning try in the corner as round two of the HSBC Sevens World Series continued.

PLATE FINAL: ARGENTINA END SCOTS BRAVE DISPLAY
Dubai 7s Argentina Plate Winners 2014Argentina came from behind to defeat Scotland 26-12 in an entertaining Plate final. After a closely contested start it took a clever Colin Gregor crossfield kick to break the shackles for Scotland, the ball ending up in Mark Robertson's hands for the first try.

Scott Wight followed up with a five-pointer of his own and Scotland led by 12 before Patricio Fernandez broke through for Argentina on the stroke of half-time, reducing the margin to 12-7. Argentina were first to strike in the second stanza with Segundo Tuculet picking up a double putting his side ahead 21-12. Alex Muller closed out the win for Argentina with the final try on the siren

Earlier, Argentina beat Simon Amor's injury-depleted England 21-19. A Tom Bowen first-half brace set up a 12-7 lead for England at the break. But Argentina were not to be denied posting tries through Santiago Alvarez and Gaston Revol to steal the win.

Scotland's Gregor added two tries to his impressive tournament points tally on the way to booking a berth in the Plate final as his side defeated Wales 31-7. An opportunistic try from Scott Riddell had the Scots up 14-0 at the break before outscoring Wales three tries to one in the second stanza.

BOWL FINAL: SAMOA POWER HOME
Dubai 7s Samoa Bowl Winners 2014Samoa came from 14-0 down to defeat France 31-21 in the Bowl final. France looked to be in control early with tries to Julien Candelon and Julien Saubade. Samoa hit back with Reupena Levasa and Tom Iosefo tries to level the score at 14-14 before France scored on half-time for a 21-14 lead. Three unanswered tries in the second half, including Levasa's second, powered the Pacific islanders home.

Earlier, Samoa scored three tries to two, including a double from Siaosi Asofolau 's in their 19-14 semi final win over Portugal, while France defeated the USA 24-15. Two tries apiece to Terry Bouhraoua and Julien Saubade the highlight of an entertaining fixture. USA's Carlin Isles showcased his speed yet again with a stunning five-pointer down the right wing evading a hard chasing Bouhraoua along the way.

SHIELD FINAL: CANADA BEATS KENYA
Dubai 7s Canada Shield Winners 2014Canada defeated Kenya 19-12 in the Shield final scoring three tries to two, including a double by Justin Douglas. Andrew Amonde and Leonard Mugaisi crossed for Kenya.

"It's a positive finish for the guys. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for us this weekend," said Canada coach Liam Middleton. "A few of our technical aspects need to improve for next week. We're a couple of guys down but that will provide a good opportunity for some other members of the squad.”

Earlier, Canada advanced to the final after defeating Japan 29-14. Sean Duke bagged a double in the win to become Canada's leading all-time pointscorer overtaking Dave Moonlight while Kenya beat Brazil 22-7 in the other Cup semi-final to earn their place.

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DAY 1

HIGHLIGHTS

SCOTLAND joined the top seeds in the Cup quarter finals of the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens at the end of an enthralling day of action in round two of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Having beaten Gold Coast runners-up Samoa in their opening pool match 21-14 their 42-0 win over Japan ensured they reached the last eight for the first time since Glasgow and will play Australia who beat England in the final match of the day 12-5 thanks to tries from Pama Fou and Allan Fa'alava'au.

Defending Dubai champions and current series leaders Fiji impressed to top their pool by beating France, Brazil and Argentina, maintaining a 100% record alongside South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and will face Wales on day two at 7he Sevens Stadium in search of back-to-back victories.

The All Blacks Sevens were back to their scintillating best, beating Japan, Scotland and Samoa and conceding no points in the process to set up a repeat of the Gold Coast quarter final, which they lost, with England while Neil Powell's Blitzboks await Argentina with all-important Series points available on day two as the road to Rio continues.

In the Bowl France will play Canada, USA meet Japan, Portugal await Brazil and Samoa will look to avoid further disappointment against Kenya.

POOL A
1 Fiji 2 Argentina 3 France 4 Brazil

Defending champions Fiji finished with bragging rights after winning their top of the pool clash with Argentina 33-21. With the score locked at 7-7 after four minutes Fiji took the lead through a brilliant individual try from Fiji's Savenaca Rawaca, he followed up with a neat offload for teammate Jasa Veremalua to score. Argentina's Fernando Luna closed the gap to 19-14 with a try on half time. Argentina were first to score after the break through Patricio Fernandez to lead 21-19 before Semi Kunatani scored his second and Osea Kolinisau crossed to put the result beyond doubt for Fiji.

Earlier in the day, Ben Ryan's side and Los Pumas secured their places in the quarter finals after both recorded back-to-back wins against France and Brazil.

Brazil, host nation of the 2016 Olympics, had earlier opened their campaign with some enterprising play against Argentina, Moises Duque posting a second half try for Brazil before going down 17-5. Argentina raced to a 19-0 lead against France before Les Blues mounted a late charge to lead 21-19 with seconds to go before Argentina crossed for a converted try to snatch the victory.

France finished their pool commitments with a 24-14 win over Brazil, Julien Candelon scoring twice in the win and both teams will now compete in the Bowl on day two.

POOL B
1 Samoa 2 New Zealand 3 Scottish Rugby 4 Japan

New Zealand booked their place in the Cup quarters with a convincing 41-0 win over Samoa in their final pool match, adding to earlier wins over Japan and Scotland. Tim Mikkelson bagged a double for the All Blacks Sevens who also kept their try line intact on day one, a feat that will no doubt please coach Gordon Tietjens.

The Scots secured second spot in the pool scoring seven tries in their 47-0 win over Japan. Colin Gregor, James Eddie, Scott Wight and James Johnstone scored first half tries to give their side the early momentum.

Earlier in the day, Scotland came from 14-0 down early to put their hand up for a top eight berth with a controlled performance in their seven point win over Samoa, Mark Robertson impressing with every touch in his sides opening pool B match but were no match for New Zealand second up going down 43-0.

Defending series champions New Zealand had earlier erased the memory of their 5th place finish at the Gold Coast Sevens with a 36-0 win over Japan, the All Blacks Sevens Tim Mikkelson picking up a hat-trick and scoring his 150th career try.

POOL C
1 England 2 Australia 3 USA 4 Kenya

Australia defeated England 12-5 in the final match of the day, with both sides already qualified for the Cup quarter finals. Both needed to bring their A-game to avoid a meeting with defending series champions New Zealand in the final eight but it was England who await the defending series champions despite leading 5-0 thanks to Dan Norton's try.

A clever cross field kick from Lewis Holland found the arms of Pama Fou who crossed in the corner to level the score 5-all at half time before Australia crossed again just after half-time through Allan Fa'alava'au to lead by seven.

Earlier, a double to Cameron Clark set Australia up with a 17-7 first half lead before going on to win 29-12. A follow up 26-10 win over the USA gave Australia coach Geraint John a perfect start to the tournament and booked their place in the Cup quarters with one match to spare.

England impressed in a 38-0 win over Kenya after earlier accounting for the USA. Mike Friday's USA opened the scoring in the first pool match with Simon Amor's side but England bounced back with three tries of their own for a 19-5 lead at the break. A try on full time by USA speedster Carlin Isles reduced the final margin to nine.

Isles scored a double in the USA's 26-17 win over Kenya in their final pool game, while Zack Test continued to impress before limping off the field late in the game. Both sides will contest the Bowl competition on day two.

POOL D
1 South Africa 2 Wales 3 Canada 4 Portugal

South Africa advanced to the Cup quarters with a 12-5 win over Wales after leading 7-5 at the break. Wales' Will Harries and South Africa's Werner Kok traded five pointers in the first half before Kwagga Smith extended his side's lead early in the second half. Despite the loss, Wales will also feature in the final eight.

South Africa coach Neil Powell asked for consistency and his side delivered by winning all three matches adding their win over Wales to earlier wins. A 36-0 first up win over Portugal was secured thanks to a hat-trick from Werner Kok, followed by a strong 24-12 defeat of Canada to sit atop of the pool.

Meanwhile, Wales reversed their earlier 14-19 loss over Canada with a 26-21 win over a fast finishing Portugal. A neat kick and chase try from Portugal's Nuno Guedes was followed up with a five pointer from Bernardo Cardoso to secure their side's first win of the tournament, 26-7 over Canada. These two teams will now feature in the Bowl.

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RESULTS

CUP FINAL
AustraliaAustralia 7 - 33 SOUTH AFRICASouth Africa

3RD Place Play Off
FijiFIJI 26 - 12 New ZealandNew Zealand

Plate Final
Scottish RugbyScotland 12 - 26 ARGENTINAArgentina

Bowl Final
FranceFrance 21 - 31 SAMOASamoa

Shield Final
CanadaCANADA 19 - 12 KenyaKenya

Cup Semi Final
saSOUTH AFRICA 28 - 0 NEW ZEALANDnz

Cup Semi Final
fijiFIJI 24 - 29 AUSTRALIAaustralia

Plate Semi Final
ArgentinaARGENTINA 21 - 19 ENGLANDEngland

Plate Semi Final
WalesWALES 7 - 31 SCOTLANDScottish Rugby

Bowl Semi Final
PortugalPORTUGAL 14 - 19 SAMOASamoa

Bowl Semi Final
franceFRANCE 24 - 15 USAUSA

Shield Semi Final
BrazilBRAZIL 7 - 22 KENYAKenya

Shield Semi Final
CanadaCANADA 29 - 14 JAPANJapan

Cup Quarter Final
nzNEW ZEALAND 29 - 7 ENGLANDEngland

Cup Quarter Final
saSOUTH AFRICA 40 - 0 ARGENTINAArgentina

Cup Quarter Finals
australiaAUSTRALIA 22 - 17 SCOTLANDScottish Rugby

Cup Quarter Final
fijiFIJI 31 - 17 WALESWales

Bowl Quarter Final
SamoaSAMOA 40 - 5 KENYAKenya

Bowl Quarter Final
PortugalPORTUGAL 19 - 0 BRAZILBrazil

Bowl Quarter Final
USAUSA 14 - 12 JAPANJapan

Bowl Quarter Final
franceFRANCE 42 - 19 CANADACanada


POOLS


POOL A

ArgentinaBrazilfijifrance

POOL B

JapannzSamoaScottish Rugby

POOL C

australiaEnglandKenyaUSA

POOL D

CanadaPortugalsaWales


ENGLAND 5 - 12 AUSTRALIA
USA 26 - 17 KENYA
SAMOA 0 - 41 NEW ZEALAND
SCOTLAND 47 - 0 JAPAN
FIJI 33 - 21 ARGENTINA
France 24 - 14 BRAZIL
SOUTH AFRICA 12 - 5 WALES
PORTUGAL 26 - 7 CANADA
AUSTRALIA 26 - 10 USA
ENGLAND 38 - 0 KENYA
NEW ZEALAND 43 - 0 SCOTLAND
SAMOA 38 - 12 JAPAN
ARGENTINA 26 - 21 FRANCE
FIJI 36 - 5 BRAZIL
Wales 26 - 21 PORTUGAL
SOUTH AFRICA 24 - 12 CANADA
AUSTRALIA 29 - 12 KENYA
ENGLAND 19 - 10 USA
NEW ZEALAND 36 - 0 JAPAN
SAMOA 14 - 21 SCOTLAND
ARGENTINA 17 - 5 BRAZIL
FIJI 54 - 7 FRANCE
Wales 14 - 19 CANADA
SOUTH AFRICA 36 - 0 PORTUGAL

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