Gold double for New Zealand

Daniel Fowler
April 16, 2018

The New Zealand men's and women's sevens teams have claimed gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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.

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.

The semifinal line-up on Sunday pits four of the five nations to have claimed Commonwealth Games medals across the five previous editions, with England facing four-time champions New Zealand in the first before the mouth-watering prospect of a South Africa versus Fiji encounter.

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.

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The All Black sevens were the first to score with Etene Nanai-Seturo stepping his way over for the opening try.

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.

England's greater experience as a series core team was evident with Natasha Hunt and Emily Scarratt both scoring tries after Wales were caught napping after conceding penalties, the latter coasting past two defenders slowly walking back to their own line.

Australia had lost co-captain Sharni Williams to injury in their win over England, but roared on by the near capacity crowd the hosts opened the scoring when the quick feet of Emma Tonegato allowed her to dart through the Fiji defence in the first minute. Australia won possession and had a chance to win the match as the final hooter blared, but Cassie Staples chose to send the ball into the stands and play an extra period.

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