New Zealand had a choice of scrum or lineout and chose a quick throw in. But the Eagles, at full complement, could not expose the exhausted New Zealanders because they were unable to offload, and were plagued by errors.
It took five minutes for the first try to come in a pulsating and energy-sapping final, Tone Ng Shiu powering through the clutches of Ben Pinkelman with Andrew Knewstubb adding the conversion for a 7-0 half-time score.
Another U.S. chance was wasted when Pinkleman's pass off the floor to Leuta was dropped, then Perry Baker dropped a catch on the right wing to end the half.
New Zealand lost Luke Masirewa to the sin-bin and in his absence the usa hit back, Stephen Tomasin running in the try but captain Madison Hughes' conversion went just wide of the left upright.
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The two-time winners broke back through Dominique Du Toit, but Ellie Kildunne and Natasha Hunt both went over the whitewash to seal a ideal start to the event in Dubai. Team USA finished sixth past year.
Far tougher was the semifinals, where New Zealand scored early against England, led 7-5 at halftime, then spent the entire second half on defense, as England remarkably did everything but score.
England finished top of Pool B with three wins, impressively beating the Olympic champions Australia 26-12 in their first match.
However, in their final group match the United States of America shot out of the blocks to opening the scoring and lead to the Australians struggling to regain possession.
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The Cheetahs, as the national Sevens side is affectionately known, took part in the Dubai Sevens which is the opening leg of the 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series on an invitation as reward for winning the Africa Cup title in November.
The New Zealand men's and women's teams have also won Commonwealth Games gold and World Cup gold this year.
On Day One the Black Ferns Sevens got past Kenya, Russia and Ireland to advance to the play offs where they met Russia again and were dominant in a 31-0 win.
Australia also went through the mill in their semi-final and felt heartbreak at the death.
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