We believe we are a top four side and now it is up to all of us in the USA Sevens squad to deliver the consistent success that will be needed to ensure we don't have to take part in the other qualifying tournaments to find the 12 teams that will be competing in Japan.
I was really curious as to why they were all saying well done and when I realised why, it was like "Wow!".
But the African champions will take some solace from improved performances in their last pool A games against Argentina and Samoa in which they showed great potential to improve and match some of the world's best.
Britt Benn and Kaili Lukan then scored their second tries of the day in a 21-14 win over France that gave the Canadians first place in Pool C. "The boys put an unreal shift out there and we're really happy", said Sione Molia.
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New Zealand had only two reserves instead of the usual five after a sapping 7-5 win over England in the semi-finals.
In Saturday's men's knockout section, Scotland lost in the quarter-finals to New Zealand, who scored three tries in the first 11 minutes and won 21-7, Harvey Elms scoring for the Scots.
What we learned from the Dubai Sevens, Barbarians match at Twickenham and the Pro14, according to CRAIG LEWIS.
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The Eagles stormed into a 12-0 lead from the restart thanks to Matai Leuta, but Lachie Anderson's quick try was the ideal response. Barrett was then the hero, eventually crossing in the left corner after a chaotic finish, with the United States of America dummying at a penalty and feeding the ball out wide.
The U.S. knocked out Fiji in the quarterfinals and Australia in the semis.
The Dubai tournament is the second of the women's World Sevens Series and follows a successful campaign from the Black Ferns Sevens in their first tournament, beating all comers in Colorado and taking the No 1 spot on the standings.
The World Rugby Men's Sevens World Series action is also due to begin tomorrow in the same venue.
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