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Canada is second in the season standings with 34 points behind leading New Zealand's 40.

The All Blacks Sevens ground out a 7-5 win over England in Saturday's first semi-final, reaching their 10th Dubai decider.

Chitokwindo had been tipped by World Rugby, as one of the players to watch before the start of the Dubai Sevens.

New Zealand led at halftime 14-0 after tries from Ngarohi McGarvey and Amanaki Nicole in the first spell.

Baker was then sin-binned for an intentional slap down and Australia took immediate advantage, feeding the ball out left to Porch for his second try of the game.

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Zimbabwe had earlier on Saturday lost to Canada 35-8 in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final after losing all their Pool "A" matches against South Africa (31-0), Argentina (22-19) and Samoa (17-15) on Friday.

That set up the final showdown with New Zealand, which advanced by blanking Russian Federation 31-0 and the usa 22-0 in the knockout rounds.

Collier quickly tipped the ball onto Andrew Knewstubb who finished off the play, strolling in under the goal posts untouched to score New Zealand's third try of the match.

Britt Benn and Kaili Lukan then scored their second tries of the day in a 21-14 win over France that gave the Canadians first place in Pool C. Connor Braid and Luke McCloskey, both of Victoria, made an impact in the loss to the Aussies with Oak Bay High-grad Braid scoring two tries and SMUS-grad McCloskey one try.

"I know elite teams are measured on results but after the traumas of last 3 months & hardly any preparation I was really proud of the efforts of our boys", Canada coach Damian McGrath said via social media.

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The men, whose pre-season preparations were interrupted by a labour dispute with Rugby Canada, now head to Cape Town for next weekend's second stop of the HSBC World Rugby Series.

Canadian teammate Kayla Moleschi of Williams Lake concurred: "We all realize what the sweep of the year is about, but we take each game as it comes".

Meanwhile, after a winless start to the Dubai Women's Sevens Series on Thursday, the national women's Sevens team continued with their poor run of form as they slumped to a fourth successive defeat. England will face South Africa, Fiji meets the United States, and New Zealand plays Scotland.

A top-four finish this season means automatic qualification for the 2020 Olympics.

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