New Zealand strike double gold in rugby sevens

16 April, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Jeannette Greene
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New Zealand then extended their lead to 14-nil after Regan Ware cut his way through the Fiji defence, beating them on the inside to score the All Black Sevens second try.

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.

With only the pool winners to progress to the knockout stages and remain in contention for a medal there was no room for complacency with every match a must-win encounter.

The Australians, who had won the first Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016 and dominated this season's women's sevens series, had been heavy favourites heading into the final between the trans-Tasman rivals.

Brazier's 60-metre dash in extra time to complete a 17-12 win over the Rio Olympics champions Australia had silenced a boisterous local crowd at Robina Stadium on Sunday, so they switched their support to Fiji for the men's decider.

"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".


New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said it was a proud day on the Gold Coast.

The women's final was also characterised by a strong first half performance from New Zealand and some desperate defence before Brazier stepped up to end home hopes of victory.

Australia's Emma Tonegato put the match out of reach in the second half, scoring a pair of tries for a 26-7 lead before the scoring was capped off by teammate Charlotte Caslick.

The historic tournament on the Gold Coast saw the Women's side edge out Australia in extra time thanks to Kelly Brazier's long-range try.

Australia were awarded a penalty after the siren, but Cassie Staples - apparently thinking her side was up following Green's try - kicked the ball into touch.

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