New Zealand sweep Commonwealth sevens gold

New Zealand sweep Commonwealth sevens gold

New Zealand sweep Commonwealth sevens gold

Defending champions South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji and England came through the pool stages unbeaten on a day packed full of drama and excitement at Robina Stadium to book their places in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Men's Sevens semifinals.

After going up 12-0 in the first half, New Zealand barely saw the ball in the second seven minutes, allowing Australia to level the scores.

The women got their campaign under way on Friday with wins over Kenya (45-0) and South Africa (41-0) before confirming their place at the top of their pool with a 24-7 win over Canada yesterday.

Both teams set up semi-finals against England, played earlier today, with the women winning 26-5 and the men 17-12, setting up Finals against Olympic champions Australia and Fiji.

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

New Zealand won both the Men's and Women's Commonwealth Games Sevens gold medals, defeating Australia and Fiji in their respective finals.

"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".

The ball bounced back off the post but fell fortuitously into Kurt Baker's hands, who booted the ball into touch to seal the gold medal for New Zealand.

The second half was barely 30 seconds old when Charlotte Caslick raced away to restore Australia's lead once more but it again didn't last long with Naoibasali scoring her second to tie the scores at 10-10. In a thrilling extra stanza, New Zealand secured the victory when Kelly Brazier scored a 80m try. The victor will face Australia in the final.

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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