Games-New Zealand strike double gold in rugby sevens

2018 Commonwealth Games Sevens Rugby

2018 Commonwealth Games Sevens Rugby

South Africa's Blitzboks, the defending Commonwealth Games champions, suffered a shock 21-14 defeat at the hands of England after trailing 14-0 at halftime in their bronze medal play-off on Sunday at the Gold Coast, Australia.

The Blitzboks have yet to be tested at the Commonwealth Games after thrashing Papua New Guinea 52-0 in their second group match on Australia's Gold Coast on Saturday.

Watching New Zealand's women win the first rugby sevens Commonwealth Games title had inspired the men's team to complete a golden double against their respective Rio Olympic champions on Sunday, Tim Mikkelson said.

Kenya and South Africa had shared the spoils in the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series qualifier in Hong Kong last weekend and this was another close battle for African pride.

The champions put Ware across as Mocenecagi watched on from off the field to extend their lead to 19-0, only for the try to be ruled out when a video replay showed the 23-year-old had lost control of the ball over the line.

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.

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Captain Ghislaine Landry curled the conversion through the uprights from the sidelines to edge Canada 7-5 ahead at half-time.

Neither side could break the deadlock for five minutes in the first half of extra-time, before New Zealand earned a penalty and Brazier ran nearly 80 metres to score the victor.

"This is an extremely special result for our sevens teams and will go down as a great day in our sevens history".

The home side couldn't capitalise, with Blyde putting a try-saving tackle on Emma Tonegato just metres short of the line.

With scores at 12-7 in favour of New Zealand late in the second half, but Australia's Ellia Green hit back one minute before the hooter to level the scores. With the pressure on and the tension evident around Robina Stadium, Fiji continued to threaten but then lost Pricilla Siata to the sin-bin after she prevented Australia taking a quick penalty near their own line.

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