NEWS
12/03/2011 12:28 EST | Updated 02/02/2012 05:12 EST

England beats surprising France to retain Dubai Sevens title; Fiji third

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - England defended its Dubai Sevens rugby title by defeating surprise finalist France 29-12 on Saturday.

England beat world series titleholder New Zealand and series leader Fiji en route to the final.

Canada defeated Samoa 26-17 in the consolation Bowl quarter-finals but then lost 33-17 to the U.S.

Against Samoa, Canada went up 26-0 on three tries by Sean White and one from captain Phil Mack and then survived a three-try comeback from the Pacific Islanders.

White scored two more tries against the U.S. with Sean Duke adding a single.

England broke open a tight match in the first half when Mat Turner scored two tries within a minute, the last as time expired. England went to the break up 24-7.

France pulled a try back with Renaud Delmas' second, but England's defence was too strong.

It was a stark turnaround from a week ago in the series opener on the Gold Coast when England lost in the quarter-finals.

England improved to second in the series standings, seven points behind leader Fiji, which beat Argentina for third place 26-21 in extra time. France, New Zealand and South Africa were tied for third.