Black Ferns beaten in sevens quarter-final

The next round is in South Africa next weekend.

The national sevens team dusted off their dispiriting defeat at the hands of South Africa to overpower Uganda 29-14 and secure their Cup Quarters slot at the HSBC World Series opening leg in Dubai.

Eden Agero put restored Kenya's lead thanks to some quick thinking as he rose off the ruck unnoticed after tapping against the ball and then racing clear of two Ugandan clutches score to make it 12-7.

Defending series' champions South Africa won the tournament beat the All Blacks Sevens 24-12 in the decider.

"We kind of let them back into the game and a silly yellow card and one or two silly mistakes towards the end nearly cost us", Snyman said after the final.

But a dominant first half for France had England on the backfoot in their second outing, though Norton dashed the length of the field to wrestle back the advantage come the end of the first period.

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England now travel to Cape Town where they will compete on 9-10 December.

"We deliberately didn't put the guys into anything like this in pre-season as it's such a long season for us so it was always going to be a little bit of a risk".

The New Zealanders, with a new coach and newish squad, made their first final in more than a year, but they were always secondary to the game's best.

"We aren't focused on the result‚ we are focused on the processes and our aim is to leave the pitch happy knowing we did all we can‚ even if the result doesn't go our way". Down to six men, Powell's team conceded tries to Andrew Knewstubb and Scott Curry and with only a few minutes to play there was only seven points in the tie.

On day one the Blitzboks topped Pool A with emphatic wins over Kenya (48-5) and Canada (28-0) while battling to a rusty 19-10 win over Uganda in their opening game of the tournament.

  • Tabitha Byrd