Canadian men finish 11th at Dubai Rugby Sevens after loss to France

Mae Harvey
December 2, 2018

"We know we have to be better tomorrow and if we play like we did at the end of the day, than we can reverse today's result against England in the quarter final", he said.

I was really curious as to why they were all saying well done and when I realised why, it was like "Wow!".

"We didn't play badly at all hence losing two games on the buzzer", he said.

There was to be no first Dubai title for U.S., though, as tries by Dylan Collier and Ngarohi McGarvey-Black ensured it would be New Zealand celebrating a long-awaited sixth Dubai title. Of course, it has to be remembered that the team is in a rebuilding phase following the departure of several stalwarts, but they will be mightily disappointed with a sixth-place finish in Dubai.

England's Daniel Bibby, right, fights for the ball with New Zealand's Vilimoni Koroi in a semi final match of the Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

While watching the New Zealand and Kenya match, the live feed cut out.

Australia also went through the mill in their semi-final and felt heartbreak at the death.

Resilience was the order of the day for the All Blacks Sevens who claimed their first Dubai title since 2009, in wake of a string of injuries. Barrett was then the hero, eventually crossing in the left corner after a chaotic finish, with the US dummying at a penalty and feeding the ball out wide.

But that was not before the Cheetahs had taken a 12-10 lead at the break.

Australia's Maurice Longbottom runs with the ball against Argentina in the quarterfinal.

Dubai is the opening tournament of the men's World Series, out of which the top-four finishers will also advance to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

However, Murunga didn't have the luxury of most of his experienced players like Collins Injera, Andrew Amonde, William Ambaka, Nelson Oyoo and Samuel Oliech, who were away with Kenya Simbas for their 2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage qualifier. Fiji placed fifth, beating defending Series champion South Africa 24-19 in extra time.

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