Olympics in sight for Canadian women's rugby sevens team

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The US against France makes up the fourth quarter-final, with the semi-finals and final to be played tomorrow as well. But the Eagles, at full complement, could not expose the exhausted New Zealanders because they were unable to offload, and were plagued by errors.

New Zealand downed Canada 26-14 Friday in the final of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, posting its fifth straight tournament win.

Injury-hit New Zealand won the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, defeating the usa 21-5.

With temperatures hovering around 30 degrees this weekend in Dubai, Canada's men's rugby sevens players took a touch of home with them out into the sweltering sun to find some chill.

The teams went back and forth in the first half, New Zealand going to halftime 12-7 up after possession was ripped from Canada and Tyla Nathan-Wong scored. 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.

A Harry Glover try with time running out lifted England to a 15-14 win over Australia in the third-place match.

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The tournament was won by New Zealand, which beat the U.S.

Wales were also made to do without one of their main strike runners, Ryan Conbeer, who was injured in a typically ferocious collision in the opening minutes of the match against New Zealand.

The USA then edged a thrilling game against Australia 22-17, with Danny Barrett crossing more than two minutes after the hooter when the scores had been tied up. We really pushed on from games one and two, where we went up against some of the best in the world and came out with some positives. Sam Pecqueur scored a try with seconds left for Scotland to trail by only 21-19, then Jamie Farndale appeared to touch down the victor, but it was disallowed because he stepped out of bounds. A crucial turn over in the last play of the game by debutant Scott Gregory secured the 7-5 victory, and was also awarded the UL Mark of Excellence as "Moment of the Tournament".

A third of the way through the qualifying process, the Langford-based Canadian women's rugby sevens team appears well positioned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

It's a 10-even series, which includes the Canada Sevens from March 9-10 at B.C. Place.

Fiji will now take on the United States in the cup quarterfinals while Samoa face Japan in the challenge trophy.

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