Kiwis take Dubai glory
December 8, 2002

World Champions New Zealand clinched an incredible fourth consecutive Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7's title with a superb final performance against Samoa in the sold out Dubai Exiles Ground.

The Kiwis, who suffered huge injury problems in the run up to the International Rugby Sevens season launch, got revenge over Samoa who won when the two met in the Pool stage with a 36-0 victory in the final.

"We had lots of well-documented problems with injuries going into this match so the boys have shown tremendous character to win this weekend. This has been an awesome tournament once again in Dubai and sets us up well for the season," said New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens.

In a double boost for New Zealand, Anthony Tuitavake was named as the Caltex Star of the Tournament.

The Emirates International Trophy was dominated by southern hemisphere teams despite some promising performances from England who eventually fell to New Zealand in the quarter-final. They went on to lose to Fiji in the final of the Plate who saved their best performance until the final.

All four Trophy semi-final slots were occupied by southern hemisphere sides with Samoa overcoming the much fancied South Africa and the Kiwis brushing past big rivals Australia 38-7.

In the Emirates International Bowl, featuring the sides that finished in the bottom two spots on Day One, France celebrated their return to Dubai with a final victory over Canada, while Morocco overcame a half time deficit to beat Namibia in the Shield.

The day was a colourful occasion with a record 18,000 spectators packed into the temporary stadium erected at the Dubai Exiles Ground on the outskirts of the city. The crowd was an increase of 4,000 on last year.

Emirates International Trophy
Quarter Finals: Samoa 22, Wales 0; South Africa 24, Fiji 7; Argentina 22,
Australia 24; New Zealand 19, England 7.
Semi finals: Samoa 19, South Africa 12; Australia 7, New Zealand 38.
Final: Samoa 0, New Zealand 36.

Emirates International Bowl
Quarter finals: France 35, Arabian Gulf 7; Morocco 5, Italy 7; Namibia 7,
Kenya 19; Canada 22, Sri Lanka 7.
Semi finals: France 12, Italy 5; Kenya 5, Canada 31;
Final: France 17, Canada 14.

Emirates International Plate
Semi finals: Wales 12, Fiji 22; Argentina 12, England 19;
Final: Fiji 29, England 5.

Emirates International Shield
Semi finals: Arabian Gulf 12, Morocco 19; Namibia 33, Sri Lanka 12;
Final: Morocco 31, Namibia 22.

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