Aust fall short of medal at Dubai Sevens

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The last three men's teams to win in Dubai have gone on to win the series.

The Canadian women went 5-1 in Glendale, losing 28-19 New Zealand in the Cup semi-finals before beating France 28-0.

Geduld was replaced on the field by Dewald Human during the second half, and did not return to the field.

New Zealand, with plenty of injury uncertainties coming out of Dubai, have drawn hosts South Africa, Samoa and a yet-to-be-named 16th team in Pool A for the Cape Town round of the World Sevens Series next weekend.

Geduld will now make way for Selvyn Davids, who was the reserve player in the squad.

The Canada-Ireland winner will face the England-Australia victor in the semi-finals.

New Zealand men's team claim first Dubai Sevens title since 2009.

It was at the 2015 Dubai Sevens where the usa rugby sevens team scored its historic first-ever win over New Zealand, but an even more historic cup final win was not to be on Saturday as the Eagles fell to the All Blacks 21-5.

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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.

The Cheetahs however, got a rude awakening of how much ground they would need to cover in the worldwide game after being handed a 31-0 hiding by Dubai tournament defending champions South Africa in their opening assignment.

The top four teams at the end of the World Series season will automatically qualify for the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo.

It was a similar story in the bronze medal match as Australia led England 14-5 at the break through two tries to speedster Lachlan Anderson, before Harry Glover went over after full time as once again victory was snatched from the Aussies. Team USA finished sixth previous year.

The Fijians scored a try in the sudden death extra-time period to win 24-19. It was the Eagles' first time reaching the Dubai sevens final and thus their best finish in the prestigious season opener.

Canada trailed 21-0 before Pat Kay scored to cut the French lead to 21-5 at the half.

It is the second tournament of six on the World Series calendar.

Ngarohi McGarvey-Black's late try sealed the win.

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