Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Amor thrilled with Dubai effort as England secure Sevens bronze

Amor thrilled with Dubai effort as England secure Sevens bronze

The New Zealanders, with a new coach and newish squad, made their first final in more than a year, but they were always secondary to the game's best.

But a dominant first half for France had England on the backfoot in their second outing, though Norton dashed the length of the field to wrestle back the advantage come the end of the first period.

New Zealand have been unceremoniously dumped out of the opening tournament in the women's rugby sevens world series, beaten by the United States in the Dubai quarter-finals.

A dominant first-half display from the Blitzboks saw them lead 19-0 at half-time, playing a 6 man New Zealand at a stage.

The conversion sailed over to put New Zealand 7-5 up, while England lost Mitchell with an injury.

But in the dying embers‚ Tim Agaba drove over from close range to seal with win and secure the Blitzboks the maximum 22 log points.

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"We kind of let them back into the game and a silly yellow card and one or two silly mistakes towards the end nearly cost us", Snyman said after the final.

The Cape Town event will be contested on 9 and 10 December before a break and the resumption of the competition in early 2018.

"We had a long pre-season and a few of the guys were involved in 15-man rugby and we have been saying that it's a 'brand new team with some familiar faces'. We want to focus on our processes and if we leave the result and the result doesn't go our way then we're still happy", he added.

Jeffery Oluoch powered over from a turn over ball to put Kenya ahead, but his celebration was cut short by Seabelo Senatla, who latched onto a loose ball in the middle to draw level before he grabbed the brace for the tournament's champions.

"It's easy to play well in a team as good as this‚" Smith said.

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