Double gold for NZ Sevens teams at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Australian players celebrate after winning the women's rugby sevens gold medal match against New Zealand at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Australia coach Tim Walsh has gone to extreme lengths to pre

The bronze medals were won by England in both the Women's and Men's competitions with the Women beating Canada 24-19 and the Men edging current HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series leaders South Africa 21-14.

Meanwhile, New Zealand made it a gold medal double at the with a dominant 14-0 win over Fiji.

South Africa were quickly into their stride in the final match of the opening round, Justin Geduld scoring a try in each half as the BlitzBoks showed their ruthless side with a dominant 43-0 defeat of Malaysia, the nation which hosted the first Commonwealth Games to feature rugby back in 1998.

England's men's and women's teams both secured their place in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens at Queensland's Robina Stadium.

The men had three pool matches yesterday and needing to finish top of the pool to qualify for the semi finals they went three for three with wins over Zambia (54-0), Kenya (40-7) and Canada (33-7).

The Black Ferns sevens are the inaugural Commonwealth Games champions, with women's sevens included in the Games programme for the first time.

"For our women to claim the first ever women's sevens gold medal is fantastic, this is a group of players that continues to impress and inspire and that final was enthralling".

Brazier's lung-bursting effort, however, would have been in vain had Michaela Blyde, who scored one of New Zealand's two tries in the first half, not produced two sensational cover tackles as Australia pressed in the second half.

Etene Nanai-Seturo opened the scoring for New Zealand after two minutes and Vilimoni Koroi's conversion gave them a 7-0 lead.

New Zealand took a 12-0 lead into the break, but a short restart earned Australia a penalty to begin the second half.

An overthrown lineout allowed Emille Cherry to score and peg the gap back to 12-7, but captain Charlotte Caslick was forced out of the rest of the match through injury.



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