Canadian men finish 11th at Dubai Rugby Sevens after loss to France
02 December, 2018, 13:41 | Author: George Williams
The US against France makes up the fourth quarter-final, with the semi-finals and final to be played tomorrow as well. New Zealand had a choice of scrum or lineout and chose a quick throw in.
Australia will meet Argentina in the quarter-finals on Saturday at 6:44pm AEDT while New Zealand will face Scotland, red-hot Fiji will take on the U.S. and reigning world series champions South Africa come up against England.
Sarah Goss, Michaela Blyde and Gayle Broughton each scored three tries as New Zealand posted Pool A victories over Kenya, Russia and Ireland on day one in Dubai on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), the second stop of the Women's World Sevens Series. Canada responded with a lung-busting run from Julia Greenshields that cut the New Zealand advantage to 19-14 with just over four minutes remaining.
A converted try to Ngarohi McGarvey Black finished the scoring, as the New Zealand men followed their women's team from a day before in becoming champions.
New Zealand and Australia had split the six previous Dubai finals.
The Canada-Ireland winner will face the England-Australia victor in the semifinals. Sam Pecqueur scored a try with seconds left for Scotland to trail by only 21-19, then Jamie Farndale appeared to touch down the victor, but it was disallowed because he stepped out of bounds.
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.
Meanwhile, the Canadian men went 1-2 in pool play Friday in the Dubai Sevens and will meet Zimbabwe on the consolation side today.
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