New Zealand strike double gold in rugby sevens

Leigh Mccormick
April 16, 2018

However, the Olympic bronze medallists couldn't make their advantage count and instead World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year 2017 Blyde returned from the sin-bin to score two tries to pull New Zealand 10 points clear with time running out.

Australia's win also confirmed England's place in the last four and world champions New Zealand stand between them and a guaranteed medal in the first Commonwealth Games women's rugby sevens competition.

The BlitzBoks will face Fiji in the semifinals of the Sevens at the Commonwealth Games.

South Africa took a 33-0 lead into half time, and by the time they were done they had scored a total of 8 tries.

New Zealand even had an opportunity to put the game completely beyond doubt when Fiji's Sevuloni Mocenecagi was given a yellow card for an early tackle on Sam Dickson.

"Not many guys in this team would know the feeling of a gold medal", Mikkelson added.

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In front of a packed stadium, Kelly Brazier broke two exhausted tackles and ran 75-metres to score the golden point victor.

It was a one-sided men's final as New Zealand killed off the game with two early converted tries against a ragged Fijian defence.

Australia came back from 12-0 down at halftime to lock the scores up at 12-12 in the closing stages with a conversion close to the posts.

"I looked at our captain (Sarah Goss) when we got the penalty and she gave me the heads-up that we're not kicking the ball out", Brazier said.

New Zealand are double Commonwealth Games Sevens champions after the men's team beat Fiji 14-nil in the gold medal match, following the women's sevens triumph over Australia in their final.

The final match of the day pitted Scotland against a South African side that had not conceded a try and the first five minutes saw the teams testing each other out with no quarter given before Specman went over in the corner after a quick tap.

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