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Amor thrilled with Dubai effort as England secure Sevens bronze

Amor thrilled with Dubai effort as England secure Sevens bronze

The New Zealand women's sevens team have been handed a stunning loss to US in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Sevens.

Two tries from Seabelo Senatla helped the South African team toward a 26-10 victory, setting up a match against Fiji, following their thrilling 35-24 triumph against Scotland.

With his most experienced side ever, head coach Neil Powell notched up his fifth tournament win of 2017 and continued South Africa's dominance on the global stage.

The next round is in South Africa next weekend.

They had earlier finished pool play undefeated, accounting for South Africa 40-0 and France 28-17 alongside their comprehensive win over the US.

Chasing their first tournament win since Vancouver in 2016, the New Zealanders clawed their way back with tries to Scott Curry and Andrew Knewstubb after Specman was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock on.

"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.

"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".

Smith was named player of the final for his hard-working efforts but he was quick to pass the praise on to his teammates. "We want to focus on our processes and if we leave the result and the result doesn't go our way then we're still happy", he added.

England beat Australia in the quarter-final before narrowly losing to New Zealand in the semi-final but recovered to beat Fiji to the bronze medal.

They were to bounce back in style though as Tom Bowen's kick and burst of energy put them ahead within a minute in their final match against Fiji, the first of five tries scored before the break.