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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2018: What to watch and when on Saturday

Paul Radley gives you the lowdown on the pick of the action on the final day of this year's tournament

Branco du Preez of South Africa looks on during the match against Zimbabwe at The Sevens in Dubai on Friday. Getty Images
Branco du Preez of South Africa looks on during the match against Zimbabwe at The Sevens in Dubai on Friday. Getty Images

Saturday - What to watch and when

12.30pm, Pitch 1 - Gulf Men’s League final

Dubai Exiles’ title defence ended at the group stage, after they were beaten by Dubai Hurricanes and Bahrain. Hurricanes topped the pool, while Abu Dhabi Harlequins and Jebel Ali Dragons advanced from the other group.

1.14pm, Pitch 1 - Gulf Under 19 Boys final

Dubai English Speaking College will be looking to regain the title they won two years ago. They and defending champions British School Al Khubairat had perfect records after the pool phase.

1.32pm, Pitch 2 - Gulf Under 19 Girls final

Holders Dubai Exiles will face Abu Dhabi French in their morning semi-final, while British School A Khubairat will face Arabian Knights in the other last-four match.

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3.09pm, Pitch 1 - International Vets final

A Joining Jack side that includes Andy Farrell saw the defence of their veterans 10-a-side title ended at the quarter-final stage by a Kitsportswear World Legends side who are not short on former stars, either.

3.24pm, Pitch 2 - Gulf Women’s final

There has been no more dominant side at the Sevens this weekend as Dubai Sports City Eagles. The defending champions will take some stopping, having won their matches so far 62-0, 71-0, 70-0 and 52-0.

7.29pm, Pitch 1 – World Sevens Series final

South Africa might have suffered a shock loss to Argentina in their last match on Day 1, but they still topped their group and are in good shape to make it a hat-trick of Dubai titles.

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