Tries, tackles & tough guys: Sport360's Best of Dubai 7s
The 2013 Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens has come and gone for another year - proving once again why the even is one of the highlights of the UAE sporting calendar.
Fiji - many spectators' second favourite team - clinched their first title in Dubai in stunning style to complete a fine weekend of rugby on the pitch.
On the sidelines, rugby fans soaked up the atmosphere as 7he Sevens ground was transformed into the social hub of the nation.
As the dust settles on another stellar tournament and we all begin the countdown to next year, Sport360's Kenny Laurie reflects on the event to provide his 'best of' selection. To round things off, we have provided a clip of the seven best tries from the Dubai Sevens.
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT - Samisoni Viriviri
Very hard to choose in such a crowded field but sevens rugby is about scoring tries and no one did that more often than Viriviri, who scored seven in total.
TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT - Fiji
The South Sea islanders showed their potential with a win over England in the pool stage before stunning everyone with a magnificent 44-0 rout of the All Blacks – their heaviest defeat in sevens history.
They capped off their domination with a superb final display against South Africa.
BEST TRY - Benito Masilevu
The hat tips to some inspired genius that drew wows from all who saw it. Masilevu didn’t do much himself other than finish the move, one which was set up by some beautiful deception from Pio Tuwai.
In the final against South Africa, the burly hero had no room down the wing so he turned back, selling the line of defence an almighty dummy before darting back and giving Masilevu a simple score.
MOST DISAPPOINTING - Samoa
Coming to Dubai as holders, they left without making a single mark on the tournament. There was no shame in losing to eventual finalists South Africa but they should be expected to beat Argentina.
Crashing out in the groups wasn’t in the plan.
MOST SURPRISING - Scotland
They only got as far as the Plate semi-final but the Scots enjoyed a statement win over Australia and almost every team that came up against them said they were much better than expected.