2018 Dubai 7s: New Zealand wins first Dubai 7s title

The New Zealand All Blacks celebrates after winning their first Dubai 7s title. Picture: World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series

THE New Zealand All Blacks 7s rugby team ended their title drought at the 7he Sevens Stadium in Dubai after a 21-5 victory over USA early this morning.

This was New Zealand’s record 10th appearance in the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup final, and this was their first Dubai title since 2009.

The World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series website reported that the All Blacks had gone into the final with only nine fit players, with captain Scott Curry among the injured quartet, and came up against a USA side playing in their first Cup final in Dubai only a year after losing all five of their matches.

New Zealand led 7-0 at half time after their first try from Tone Ng Shiu in the first five minutes.

New Zealand also lost Luke Masirewa to the sin-bin and the USA hit back.

More reports from the Dubai 7s will be available in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times and in our e-Edition.

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