All Blacks Sevens beaten by South Africa in Dubai final

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South Africa beat Olympic champions Fiji 12-7 in the semi-final and New Zealand came from behind to beat England 14-5.

A Joe Ravouvou double secured the win for the All Blacks Sevens, who had earlier edged Kenya 14-12 in the quarter-finals.

"As a first tournament for us this season I'm really proud of the continuous effort and the attitude the boys displayed in every single game", said Amor.

The second World Series tournament begins next weekend in Cape Town.

"It was a long pre-season and a lot of guys went on to play some XVs so it's a new team with some unfamiliar faces".

"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".

It was the flawless start to the 2017/18 season after the success of the previous year and the tonic the team needed ahead of this weekend's second tournament in Cape Town.

It was the World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year 2016 Seabelo Senatla who showed his tactical awareness for the Blitzboks second, ripping the ball out of a ruck on the Fiji 10 metre line and slipping through the defence untouched. 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. "It's all about making the player next to you look good‚ but NZ made it hard for us‚ especially when we were down to six men".

After losing to New Zealand in the semifinal, England captain Tom Mitchell, said: "It's tough to take and disgusting to lose but they seized their chances better than we did".

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.

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