Patrick McKendry is a rugby and boxing writer for the Herald.

Rugby Sevens: Samoa beat NZ in Dubai final

A try after just 10 seconds from Paul Perez inspired Samoa to a 26-15 victory over New Zealand in the cup final of the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens today.

New Zealand were beaten four tries to three, with Perez scoring a double. Some uncharacteristic errors from Gordon Tietjens' men helped the Samoans.

Samoa reached the final after beating last year's runners-up France 12-5 in the first cup semi-final thanks to tries from Reupena Levasa and Robert Lilomaiava.

New Zealand overcame Kenya 27-7 in the second semi-final, Scott Curry and Tim Mikkelson both crossing twice.

Kenya finished third after beating France 15-12 in the third place-play off thanks to Collins Injera's sixth try of the tournament.

New Zealand remain on top of the series leaderboard on 38 points, with Fiji, Kenya and Samoa tied for second on 32.


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