The vibe this year at the Dubai 7s was as vibrant as ever with lots of fun and cheer – for me the best part was our Fiji team reached the final – Fiji beat England 28-17 in the Cup final of the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series much to the delight of Fiji fans.
Fiji came from 7-0 behind to win the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, beating England 28-17 in a pulsating final at The Sevens Stadium.
Tom Bowen had given Simon Amor’s side an early lead but Fiji turned on the style scoring four unanswered tries to give them only their second-ever Dubai title, and first since 2013, despite a late comeback from the 2010 and 2011 Dubai champions.
Ben Ryan tasted victory in Dubai for a fourth time in six years as he saw his side in scintillating form all day, beating New Zealand 19-5 with tries from Viliame Mata, Pio Tuwai and Jasa Veremalua in the semi-finals, and Australia 19-12 in their quarter-final with tries from Isake Kotanibau, captain Osea Kolinisau and Savenaca Rawaca.
The win puts Ben Ryan’s side on top of the series standings with 22 points, ahead of England (19), USA (17) New Zealand (15). South Africa won the Plate, France took the Bowl and the Shield went to Canada.
The USA, who made history on day one with their first-ever win over New Zealand, showed it wasn’t fluke with a second win in as many matches against Sir Gordon Tietjens’s side. Will Holder scored twice, and tries from Folau Niua, Kevin Swiryn and Perry Baker put the icing on the cake for Mike Friday.
HOUGAARD STEALS IT AT THE DEATH IN THE PLATE
South Africa stole the Plate by beating Australia 19-14 in sudden death extra time of the Plate final. Having trailed 14-0 through tries from Sam Myers and Ed Jenkins, the Blitzboks hit back to draw level through two Kwagga Smith tries, the second with the last play of normal time. Francois Hougaard then stole the headlines, darting over the try line in the corner to the delight of captain Kyle Brown and his teammates.
BOUHRAOUA BOWL TRIUMPH
Julien Candelo struck twice as France beat Scotland 24-14 to win the Bowl title on day two of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. The victory meant France won all three of their match on the second day of action at 7he Sevens Stadium after earlier victories over Russia and Kenya.
CANADA END DUBAI WITH THE SHIELD
John Moonlight lifted Canada’s first piece of silverware of the season as his side beat Japan 19-17 in the final thanks to two tries from Admir Cejvanovic and one from Harry Jones was enough to hold off the Brave Blossoms.