All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

The New Zealand men's rugby sevens team has been beaten in the final of the opening leg of the World Series in Dubai.

Defending series' champions South Africa won the tournament beat the All Blacks Sevens 24-12 in the decider.

The South Africans led 19-0 at half time, but the New Zealanders closed with two tries to Andrew Knewstubb and Scott Curry, before the Boks sealed the game with a late try.

New Zealand had a player sin-binned in the first half and South Africa in the second half.

New Zealand had beaten Kenya 14-12 and England 14-5 on the way to the final.

The New Zealand women finished fifth in their tournament yesterday.

The next round is in South Africa next weekend.