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Shujaa put in a battling performance but exited the cup competition at the Dubai Sevens with a 14-12 loss to New Zealand on Saturday morning.

It was the former series champions who went ahead through Dylan Collier’s converted try but Sammy Oliech restored parity, sure with the conversion after Eden Agero scored off the fifty fifty ball.

Oliech then put Shujaa 12-7 up, scoring from the restart but missing the conversion,his side taking the lead into the interval.

A brave second half defensive effort for Shujaa was eventually cut short just before full time, Andrew Knewstubb kicking over the Shujaa defense to touch down, the ensuing conversion giving New Zealand the lead, their victory confirmed after a Shujaa handling error at the death.

Up next is a fixture against Australia in the 5th place semifinal at 2.57pm EAT.

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