New Zealand collected their sixth Dubai crown last night when they beat Fiji 24-12 in the final of the Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby Sevens, which also got the 2009-10 IRB Rugby Sevens Series on the road. Tomasi Cama and DJ Forbes scored one try each to give New Zealand a 10-point cushion going into the break. However, Reupena Levasa and Mikaele Pesamino ran in tries early in the second-half to put Samoa 12-10 ahead.
Kiwi coach Gordon Tietjens said: "It's been a long 12 months without a win so this one's great. The young boys in the squad really put their hands up.
"It's an awesome result. It was all about hard work and it reaped the riches. We won it our way. We expected to be in the semis perhaps a final, but the bunch put everything into it. This is Sevens rugby, you could be scoring tries and then get hit back at the other end. All credit to my guys. Winning in Dubai is always memorable. This is a good place to visit; lots of Kiwis here, so it's special."
His captain Forbes said: "It was all about perseverance. We had a hard year last year and finally had a win. Some of the boys in this team have never tasted a win and this was it. I think defence was key, we got our defence right and it worked well against the Samoans who came hard at us. It was a matter of being composed. We played with a bit of flair and although this was a final we played good rugby."
Final: New Zealand beat Samoa 24-12
Plate final: Australia beat South Africa 7-0
Bowl final: Wales beat Zimbabe 38-7
Final:International Marauders beat Sporting Chance Foundation 33-20
Plate final: Yug beat Black Stallions 12-10
International Invitational Women
Final: French Womens Sevens beat Wooden Spoon Rugby 19-0
Plate final: Rugby Ecosse Feminin beat USA Womens Sevens National Team 15-5
International Under 20 Men
Match TF Urdd Gobaith Cymru beat Pyrenees 7s 43-0
Hollywood 7s beat Wyvern Harlequins 38-5
Wooden Spoon Blues beat Pyrenees 7s 19-15
Christina Noble Veterans beat FNZ Wooden Spoon Vets 40-7
Final: Dubai Dragons I beat Dubai Hurricanes I 47-12
Khanjar final: Muscat I beat Dubai Dragons II 38-15
Bowl final: Toa Dubai II beat Toa Dubai I 17-10
Shield final: Kuwait I beat Jeddah 31-26
Gulf Under 18 Men:
Final: Abu Dhabi Harlequins beat Exiles I 31-5
Al Ain Ambler Vets beat Dubai Hurricanes 12-10
Olimp beat Pink Ba-Bas 19-14