Olympics in sight for Canadian women's rugby sevens team
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Dec 02, 2018,
Dec 02, 2018, 1:48
Star playmaker Justin Geduld has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after picking up an unspecified injury on Friday.
The Kiwis had comfortably beaten the Eagles on Friday in pool play, but the final was in the balance until two minutes to go, when Andrew Knewstubb's second conversion to Dylan Collier's try gave New Zealand a safe 14-5 lead.
Geduld was replaced on the field by Dewald Human during the second half, and did not return to the field.
The Cheetahs, who are participating in 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series opening tournament on an invitation, faced a hard opening fixture against South Africa and the gulf in class was clear from the onset as they went on to concede five tries on their way to a 31-0 defeat.
Geduld will now make way for Selvyn Davids, who was the reserve player in the squad.
Russian Federation were dispatched 31-0 in the quarter-finals and the United States - finalists at Glendale - were overwhelmed 22-0 in the semifinals.
An under-strength injury depleted All Blacks Sevens completed the double for New Zealand, claiming the gold against US in the final 21-5, following on the Black Ferns victory in the Women's tournament on Friday.
Watch highlights from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament in Dubai, including the Canadian women's silver medal win.
Madison Hughes runs with the ball at the HSBC Sevens World Series on November 30, 2018 in Dubai.
Scores were locked 21-all with time elapsed on the clock when Dick, playing in her first World Series tournament, gathered the ball 40-metres out from the line and powered away from the tiring United States of America defence for the decisive score on Friday.
Kenya started their campaign on a losing note, going down to Scotland and France 34-14 and 21-17 respectively.
Far tougher was the semi-finals, where New Zealand scored early against England, led 7-5 at half-time, then spent the entire second half on defence, as England remarkably did everything but score.
A top-four finish in the overall standings this season means automatic qualification for the 2020 Olympics. Phil Burgess wrapped up the win after intercepting a Rosko Specman pass, before South Africa scored a consolation try through Selvyn Davids.
The first half was a stop-start affair with the Blitzboks just edging Scotland 5-0 at the break. Head coach Damian McGrath's Langford-based crew lost 26-12 to England and 31-19 to France before beating Japan 27-7.