Blitzboks Beaten By Fiji in Dubai Extra-Time Thriller

Blitzboks Beaten By Fiji in Dubai Extra-Time Thriller

Blitzboks Beaten By Fiji in Dubai Extra-Time Thriller

The HSBC Canada Sevens, which will see the fourth edition run this coming March, was named Friday as Tournament of the Year on the ten-stop World Rugby Sevens Series for the 2017-18 season.

The Canada Sevens earned the top score in five of the categories.

Chitokwindo had been tipped by World Rugby, as one of the players to watch before the start of the Dubai Sevens.

But they fell to two heartbreaking losses after the siren, to US in the semi-final and England in the third place play-off, to narrowly miss out on the podium.

"Obviously we talked about it, we were disappointed with how we went past year but to come back and win here, its' one of the most fantastic tournaments you can play in, its incredible that we've taken home the silverware", said Goss.

The 2019 edition goes March 9 and 10 at B.C. Place.

Goss said the memory of their fifth place finish at Dubai a year ago was motivation this weekend.

"I'm so pleased with the girls' performances today - the amount of effort and work that everyone put in has been unbelievable", said Brown.

Meanwhile in the women's series, world champion New Zealand remained flawless by beating Canada 26-14 in the final for a second title in this series and fifth straight going back to last season.

It looked like it would Zimbabwe's day as Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, who had been tipped by World Rugby to be one of the players to watch in the tournament, lived up to his billing to finish off a brilliant team effort.

Dan Norton of England became the first player in world series history to score 300 tries, with a 70-meter screamer against Canada.

The Black Ferns Sevens close out 2018 leading the World Series after two tournaments, and boast an impressive 39-match winning streak.

The U.S. knocked out Fiji in the quarterfinals and Australia in the semis. A try-saving tackle from Mike Ellery prevented the Blitzboks answering back before Mitchell's second and a Tom Bowen try increased England's lead to 17-0 at half-time.

Canada pinned New Zealand deep off the opening kickoff. Danny Barrett then dove over for the victor after the siren.

Fiji and South Africa will contest the fifth-place final.

In the quarter-finals New Zealand beat Scotland 21-7 and then held on to beat England 7-5 in the semi-finals.

The Fijians scored a try in the sudden death extra-time period to win 24-19.

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