Olympics in sight for Canadian women's rugby sevens team

Canadian rugby players sporting ice-covered toques during halftime on Saturday

It was Murunga's first assignment of the World Series as Kenya Sevens head coach.

The other Cup quarter-finals are New Zealand against Russian Federation, the United States against France and England against Australia.

The New Zealand men's and women's teams have also won Commonwealth Games gold and World Cup gold this year.

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

Canada is second in the season standings with 34 points behind leading New Zealand's 40.

Russian Federation were dispatched 31-0 in the quarter-finals and the United States - finalists at Glendale - were overwhelmed 22-0 in the semifinals. The Scots claimed a consolation try after the hooter sounded as Harvey Elms reached out to score but New Zealand were too good and advanced to the semi-finals.

But that was not before the Cheetahs had taken a 12-10 lead at the break.

ZIMBABWE'S Sevens rugby team failed to pick a win in their opening two Pool matches on the opening day of the Dubai Sevens despite putting on a commendable display against their more experienced neighbours South Africa and Argentina yesterday.

Final: New Zealand 21 (Tone Ng Shiu, Dylan Collier, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black tries; Andrew Knewstubb 2 con, Vilimoni Koroi con) United States of America 5 (Stephen Tomasin try).

The first came from a chip by Justin Geduld and the second came with trademark speed at the end of the game. However, Waisea Nacuqu had other ideas and his breakaway try levelled the scores, only for Vilimoni Botitu to step up and miss the straightforward conversion to mean extra-time would decide the victor. The Blitzboks went through the gears early in the second and looked like the side that had won the last two titles in Dubai, Du Plessis grabbing a second with Werner Kok, Selvyn Davids and Rosko Specman getting their name on the scoreboard, the latter delighted the crowd with his electric footwork.

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