South Africa has kicked off their sevens season with a win in Dubai after defeating New Zealand 24-12 in an entertaining final.

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It was a very one sided match in the first-half with South Africa taking a 19-0 lead into the break. New Zealand began a fight back in the second half with tries to Scott Curry and Andrew Knewstubb, but in the end South Africa proved too strong and closed the match out with a second-half try to Tim Agaba.

Under new coach Clark Laidlaw, the New Zealand side performed well over the weekend and fought hard to make the final with close wins over Kenya in the quarter-final (14-12) and England in the semi-final (14-5). South Africa continued their dominance on the world sevens stage with a couple of big wins in pool play and a close 12-7 win over Fiji in the semi-final.

Meanwhile England got up over Fiji 28-21 to win the Bronze final, and France beat Spain 21-12 to win the Challenge Trophy.

Click here for the full list of results.

The next round of the series takes place in Cape Town on 9-10 December. Check out the pools in the image below.