- Cup Winners: New Zealand defeat South Africa 41-0
- Plate Winners: Russia defeat Canada 14-10
- Bowl Winners: USA defeat France 26-12
Thank you very much for joining us here at the inaugural Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai. It's been a fantastic weekend of rugby and we look forward to seeing you all in Houston, USA on the 1-2 Feb 2013 as the World Series reaches round 2.
Carla Hohepa after defeating South Africa in the Cup Final: "It is awesome to be here, the girls played to their game plan and it was perfect out there tonight. Everyone stuck together and executed the basics well and we came away with the tries.
Portia Woodman after defeating South Africa in the Cup Final: "It felt amazing it is the best feeling I have felt in years. It is like we have been together forever, it is awesome. I knew it was a team effort that was going to get us through and we were the best team on the field."
The game ends with a superb team try from New Zealand, started off on their own try line and finished off by Tyla Nathan-Wong of New Zealand. New Zealand looked devastating during this Final and were worthy winners 41-0.
Portia Woodman crosses the line for New Zealand, a fine solo effort and a minute later they extend their lead further through Tyla Nathan-Wong. Scoreline now stands 36-0 with two minutes left.
Huriana Manuel crosses the line for New Zealand following two switches by Portia Woodman and Kayla McAlister. The all blacks are really turning on the style for this final and now lead 24-0. #Dubai7s
Carla Hohepa crosses the line for her second try of the game, some truly fantastic handling skills and support play from New Zealand gets the crowd on their feet. They now lead 17-0 in the Final. Lots of work to do from South Africa. #Dubai7s
All the pressure now coming from New Zealand as they go through the phases and Carla Hohepa breaks the defence after some patient play, a well deserved try and they extend their lead to 12-0. South Africa looking to hit back before the end of the half. They spread it out wide as the siren goes and bizarely kick it long. New Zealand gather the ball and kick the ball out of play and that's the end of the first half.
After scoring the try Lavinia Gould is sent to the sin bin for foul play, New Zealand down to 6 and South Africa will look to capitalise but instead they concede a penalty on the New Zealand 5m line.
These girls are danger! they don't even bother to step just run over each other #Dubai7s— 〽ike™ (@〽ike™) 01/12/2012 15:30
New Zealand with the early pressure, they have a penalty in South Africa's 22 and look to convert a quick tap and go in to points, they spread the ball out wide to Lavinia Gould and she crosses the line in the corner. Great start for the all blacks, they lead 5-0 in this Final.
The teams make their way to the field, both in their traditional colours; black and green and gold. The atmosphere really is electric here! #Dubai7s
40,000 dancing along to Gangnam Style ahead of the Women's Sevens World Series Cup Final between New Zealand and South Africa. "Eyyyy sexy lady"
Fantastic rugby on display today in Dubai, coming up in 20mins is the inaugural Cup Final of the Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai between New Zealand and South Africa. The atmosphere is building up nicely, we can't wait for this one so stay with us for all the action! #Dubai7s
We now have a break before the inaugural Women's Sevens World Series Cup Final at 19:26pm so how about checking out what's happening in the Men's tournament ->> Here
Congratulations to Spain as they finish third in the inaugural Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai defeating Australia 17-5. #Dubai7s
Elizabeth Martinez crosses the line for Spain with a fantastic try, Patricia Garcia adds the two points. Australia look to attack but the ball is turned over and kicked to touch as the siren sounds. A fantastic finish to this matc. Full time score, Spain 17-5 Australia.
Australia with the opening score in the corner in this Final. Spain looking to get back in to the game and they run the ball from their own half and with some patient build up they score to bring the game back to 5-5. We run deep in to over time and again some fantastic patience and off loading from Spain and Angela Del Pan crosses over the line. Score at the break is 10-5. Very physical contest here as expected! #Dubai7s
Australia and Spain take to the field as they play for 3rd place. Aussie Aussie Aussie or Viva Espana? #Dubai7s
Congratulations to Russia as they win the Plate Final of the inaugural Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai defeating Canada 14 - 10. #Dubai7s
Canada spread the ball out wide several times but are finding it difficult to go around the Russian defence as they are very well organised. Eventually they hit back as Bianca Farella crosses over the line and it's a nail bitting finish here. 14-10 to Russia and we're deep in to over time. A knock on from Canada and it's all over. Fantastic match up between the twop team, final score Canada 10 - Russia 14.
Navrat Khamidova crosses over for her second try of the first half going around the Canadian defence and they now lead 14-5 at the break. Can Canada turn this around?
Navrat Khamidova hits back for Russia as she shows great pace and strength from her own 22 with two big hand offs and crosses over the line. Russia now lead 7-5 and are looking to build on their opening score.
Great opening score by Jennifer Kish of Canada as they spread the ball from one touch line to the other. They lead 5-0. #Dubai7s
Next up is the Final of the Plate between Canada and Russia. Who are you supporting in this one?
Congratulations to the USA as they beat France 26-12 in the Bowl Final here in the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai. Well done!
The USA make three changes and are looking to close this game out although France aren't finished as Shannon Izar powers over the line in the corner and takes it to 19-12. France's hopes are all but over as Victoria Folayan takes the ball from the restart and races down the touchling to score under the sticks. Final score 26-12 to USA.
Can France cope with the pressure from USA? They are deep in their own half and are conceding several penalties. Katie Dowty slices through the defence and the USA now lead 19-7. #Dubai7s
France pile on the pressure - their patience and build up play pays off as Caroline Ladagnous scores with the last play of the half. Half time: France 7 - 12 USA. An interesting second half coming up here folks! #Dubai7s
Vanesha McGee goes around the French defence and crosses the line for the USA. They now lead 12-0 in the glorious sunshine with 2mins remaining in the first half. #Dubai7s
#Dubai7s is packed today.. Bit calmer with the sunshine! http://t.co/3qMMHVv9— Mark C (@Mark C) 01/12/2012 12:00
Nathalie Marchino opens the scoring for the USA and Christy Ringgenberg adds to two points. Fantastic start for the USA in this first of 3 finals. #Dubai7s
Next up is the Bowl Final between France and USA. Who will win the first silverware of the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series?
England finish strongly and defeat the Netherlands 26-5, with Emily Scott crossing the try line twice. A consolation try for the Netherlands from Alexia Mavroudis. England finish the tournament in 7th place. #Dubai7s
Emily Scott crosses the line for England but misses with her conversion. They now lead the Netherlands 12-0 at the break.
Marina Bravo, Spain captain following their Cup Semi Final defeat to South Africa: "I am very proud of my team. We never reach until here so we made a good job and we finally came here and we couldn't win against South Africa, but we are very very happy.
The teams are all very competitive, they have a lot of problems to be first. Always on IRB it is very competitive and is why we want to be here. This is amazing, all this crowd shouting with you and we love it. "
It's England v Netherlands for 7th place and England get the first points, they lead 7-0 as Abigail Chamberlain crosses the line.
Chris Lane, Australia coach following their defeat to New Zealand in the Cup Semi Final: "A couple of injuries never help but that is footy, and you have to deal with it as best you can. But I am really proud of the way the girls dug in and kept having a crack at it. We just go back, put our heads down and continue to work hard. It is a fantastic tournament.
The finalists are confirmed in the inaugural Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai:
- Cup Final: New Zealand v South Africa
- Final Plate: Canada v Russia
- Final Bowl: France v USA
South Africa v NZ in #Dubai7s Women's Cup final #wrugby7s— Moana Leilua (@Moana Leilua) 01/12/2012 11:16
A fantastic spectacle here at #Dubai7s. South Africa get their revenge from yesterday's 5-0 defeat to Spain and are victorious in the Cup Semi Final 19-17.
What a semi final... Spain or South Africa to play NZ in the final ??? #wrugby7s #Dubai7s— Moana Leilua (@Moana Leilua) 01/12/2012 11:14
Spain show superb handling and offloading skills, and Irene Schiavon Matteo showed great support play to be on the shoulder of Patricia Garcia to cross the line. Immediately from the restart Zenay Jordaan crosses over in the corner for South Africa and they lead 19-17. Epic encounter here at #Dubai7s
A fantastic try saving tackle from Julia Pla but a nice pop up pass allows Zenay Jordaan to cross the line and takes the score to 10-7 to Spain. With the last play of the half and the game breaking up, Nosiphiwo Goda spots a gap and crosses the line. South Africa now lead 14-10 at the break. Thrilling stuff here at #Dubai7s.
We are now underway in the second Cup Semi Final between Spain and South Africa. Spain open the scoring after a minute through Elizabeth Martinez! They win the ball back from the restart and are putting South Africa under further pressure. They win a penalty in the South African 22, spred the ball out to Julia Pla and she crosses the line in the corner to double their lead, 10-0.
Women's cup semi-finals on now class NZvOZ . Katie McAllister serious footwork and speed. (Luke Mc's sister) #wrugby #Dubai7s Packed Stadium— Michael Corcoran (@Michael Corcoran) 01/12/2012 10:58
Kayla Macalister plays better than her brother Luke. #Dubai7s— t j . m a t a g i (@t j . m a t a g i) 01/12/2012 10:54
With 30 seconds remaining Kayla McAlister races through the Australian defence and ends their hopes of silverware. New Zealand are victorious 28-14 and will now await to see who their opponents are in the Cup Final.
Australia find themselves under constant pressure from New Zealand and are now trailing 21-14 with 2mins remaining in the Cup Semi Final.
Try for New Zealand as Portia Woodman races down the touch line from 60m. Fantastic trys in this match. We're tied again now at 14-14. #Dubai7s
With seconds remaining on the clock Shontelle Stowers races under the sticks and Australia go in the break leading 14-7. This promises to be a big second half coming up.
New Zealand hit right back through Kayla McAlister as she runs in from 60 meters. Lavinia Gould adds the extra 2 points and we are tied 7-7. It's a tight one folks!
New Zealand hit right back through Kayla McAlister as she runs in from 60 meters. Lavinia Gould adds the extra 2 points and we are tied 7-7. It's a tight one folks!
My friend is in the Aussie women's sevens team, playing in Dubai today. Go Maddi!!! @IRBSevens @irbwomens #dubai7s #wrugby— ashleigh rose (@ashleigh rose) 01/12/2012 10:39
Australia with the early pressure and a fantastic finish from Gemma Etheridge sees Australia take the lead 7-0. #Dubai7s
Next up is the big one, Australia v New Zealand in the first Cup Semi Final...Are there any aussies or kiwis joining us for this one? Both teams run out on to the field in their traditional colours, Australia in yellow and the all blacks in (yes you guessed it)...black!
A fantastic end to this match as China earn victory over Brazil 19-17. Zhou Lilian scored two second half tries and the decisive conversson ame from Yu Xiaoming. Well done China on your first win in the inaugural Women's Sevens World Series here in #Dubai7s
Brazil lead China at the break 17-7 as Julia Sarda crosses the line twice. Can China pull it back? #Dubai7s
Brazil open the scoring through Paula Ishibashi in their match against China but their oponents hit back almost immediately through Liu Yang. The conversion is good and we are level at 7-7.
Russia will now face Canada in the Plate Final.
Russia pile on the pressure and Navrat Khamidova crosses the line and she converts her own kick. Moments later she sees yellow for foul play and the Netherlands score with the last play of the game. Final score Netherlands 5 - 21 Russia.
A fantastic solo effort from Marina Petrova as she breaks through the Netherlands defence and races through from 60m out. They extend their lead to 14-0.
The ball goes out on the full from the restart and more pressure to come from Russia. Can the Netherlands get back in to this game? They are pushed back deep in to their own half as Russia go through the phases but they concede a penalty deep in the Netherlands 22 for going off their feet. We are back down in the Russia'n half - end to end stuff here! #Dubai7s
Russia go in to the second half with a 7-0 lead. A couple of injury worries for the Netherlands but let's see if they can hit back.
Big hit on Tessa Veldhuis and she's down for a while. She's back up to her feet and she leaves the field. Russia take advantage and cross the try line in the corner. They now lead 7-0 with a fantastic conversion from the sideline.
Canada cross the line again. Can England at least get on the score sheet? They will want to end on a high. They concede a penalty from the restart and again it's one way traffic from Canada but a try saving tackle is made. England are again penalised from the line out and as the siren goes Magali Harvey kicks the ball out to touch and ends the game. Canada win 24-0 and are now through to the Final. They'll face either the Netherlands or Russia (up next).
The second half is under way and Canada have an attacking 5m scrum. They spread the ball wide and Magali Harvey crosses over the line in the corner. They extend their lead now to 17-0.
Canada score another try and extend their lead to 12-0 at the end of the first half. England are trying to build and go through the phases but the Canadian defence is holding strong. It's a big ask of England now.
Canada with the early pressue as Brittany Waters croses over the line, a fine individual effort and Ashley Steacy gets the two points. England are struggling to get out of their own half here.
Back to the action, Canada in red and England in light blue run on to the field for the Semi Final of the Plate.
We have a short break now but up next is Canada v England in the 1st Semi Final of the Plate...Who are you cheering on?
China get their first points of the tournament, thanks to Zhou Lilian. The two points are added by Yu Xiaoming. It's been a difficult tournament for them but they'll be glad to get the score. Unfortunately for them Teena Mastrangelo scores with the final play of the game and USA beat China convincingly 36-7 and reach the Final of the Bowl.
USA score right at the start of the second half through Nathalie Marchino. They immediately score another try through Deven Owsiany and it looks like it's game, set and match here against China, 29-0.
Lauren Doyle crosses the line for the USA on the stroke of half time, they now lead China 17-0. Can China pull this one back?
Great start for the USA as Victoria Folayan crosses the line twice in just as many minnutes. Both conversions missed, they now lead China 10-0.
We're underway between the USA and China. Who will make the Final of the Bowl?
Marjorie Mayans scores on the stroke of the final whistle and France are victorious with a convincing 22-0 win against Brazil. Alles les bleus!
Christelle Le Duff crosses the line for France and they extend their lead now to 17-0. Brazil are up against it now.
Shannon Izar gets her second try of the game for France in the final play of the first half. They are looking strong here against Brazil, the conversion is good and they now lead 12-0 at the break.
Shannon Izar crosses the line for France and opens the scoring, conversion is missed. They lead 5-0.
The Cup Semi Finals have been announced: Australia v New Zealand (repeat of RWC Sevens 2009 final) and South Africa v Spain. Catch all the live action here at #Dubai7s
France playing in their traditional blue kit and Brazil sporting their yellow colours. Alles les bleus anyone?
Woop woop en route to IRBSevens @rosiewebb1 @NatalieLynch0 @sarahlucypenny #Dubai7s #Rugby— Shade (@Shade ) 01/12/2012 07:15
Up next is the Semi Finals of the Bowl. First up is France v Brazil followed by USA v China. Who are you cheering on? #Dubai7s
RT @irbwomens: Cup semis: Australia v New Zealand (repeat of RWC Sevens 2009 final) and South Africa v Spain #Dubai7s http://t.co/ltU82IAt— She^e Nathan-Wong (@She^e Nathan-Wong) 01/12/2012 06:50
Well that proved to be the winning score! Spain join Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in the Semi Finals. Russia will be dissapointed especially after some fantastic results yesterday. Nevertheless well done Spain. 7-5 full time.
And Spain have hit back through Angela Del Pan. A ruck was formed by the touch line just outside the Russian 22m line, she saw the gap and darted for the line, great finish. The conversion is good and they take the lead 7-5.
Can Spain hit back in these conditions? They are certainly more used to the heat than Russia, scorching hot here at #Dubai7s.
@irbwomens Sevens World Series #Dubai7s Cup QF: SA Women 12 - 5 Netherlands. SA advances to the Cup Semi. Well done Ladies!— BlitzBokke (@BlitzBokke ) 01/12/2012 06:36
Russia's Baizat Khamidova opens the scoring in this game on the stroke of half time. They lead 5-0.
Crunching hit by Marina Petrova on Patricia Garcia! Sighs of 'ohhhh' and 'ahhhs'.
The last of the Cup Quarter Finals is between Spain, playing in black and Russia in their all white kit.
A beautifuly weighted kick through allows Phumeza Gadu to score for South Africa and they take the lead, 12-7. The Netherlands look to hit back but the South African defence hold on and are awarded a penalty. The final whistle goes and South Africa are victors in this Cup Quarter Final.
Nosiphiwo Goda hits back for South Africa, the kick is good and the teams are now all square at 7-7 at the break. Entertaining stuff. #Dubai7s
Great pace and stamina from Kelly van Harskamp as she bursts through the South African defence in her own half and gives the Netherlands the lead. 7-0 to the women in orange.
New zealand can rain on you with many tries as if you are having a stomachache #Dubai7s— Porn Head (@Porn Head) 01/12/2012 06:01
We now have a trio of freestylers on the pitch showing off some silky skills with footballs. They now make way for South Africa and Netherlands, the third Cup Quarter Final. #Dubai7s
Another try for New Zealand, Lauren Burgess forces her way over the line and New Zealand have cruised past England here in the Cup Quarter Finals. They join Australia in the Semi Finals coming up later today. Final score New Zealand 31 - 0 England.
Another try for Sarah Goss and the target is beyond England's reach now, conversion missed and the score is now 26-0.
Plenty of speed and endeavour from New Zealand and Carla Hohepa crosses the line, they lead 21-0 at the break.
Faultless handling skills and brilliant recycling by new Zealand allows Sarah Goss to cross the line. Once again the conversion from Lavinia Gould is good and the all blacks double their lead to 14-0.
Kayla McAlister crosses the line for the opening try of the game. The conversion is good from Lavinia Gould and New Zealand lead 7-0 in the sun.
New Zealand v England next up, these teams currently in a 15 a side test series but this is the crucial game, Cup Quarter Final!
Australia back in front as Alexandra Sulusi crosses the line with the last play of the game. The conversion is good and they remain unbeaten. Strong performance from Canada but it wasn't enough. Great game! Final score is Australia 14 - 10 Canada #Dubai7s
Canada keep up the pressure and Karen Paquin powers over the line. The conversion was missed and Australia have 3mins to hit back. Canada now lead 10-7.
Canada hit back through Magali Harvey and they deserve it too. The conversion is missed so Australia still lead 7-5 here.
Patiently waiting to watch NSWT kick off in 10min. Quarter final vs Australia. LETS GO CANADA #dubai7s @KaylaMoleschi— Claire Lawrence (@Claire Lawrence) 01/12/2012 05:25
First real attacking intent from Australia and a fine solo effort from Emilee Cherry. Canada unable to convert the pressue in to points, Australia lead 7-0 at the break.
Australia find themselves under a lot of pressure and are defending for their lives on their own line and luck is on their side as Canada fumble the ball on the try line. Canada maintaining the pressure and the aussies will be glad to hear the half time whistle go.
Canada and Australia take to the field, Canada wearing their traditional red and black colours and Australia in their bright yellow kit... Day two about to start...Bring it on!
Missed out on yesterday's action? Catch it all here http://wsws.irb.com/liveblog/blogid=1781.html
It's a beautiful day here at the #Dubai7s, the sun is out and the stage is set for an exciting final day of the inaugural Women's Sevens World Series. Who is going to win? Stay with us throughout the day for live updates to find out. First up is Australia v Canada in the Cup Quarter Finals in 5mins.