Blitzboks denied medal as NZ win gold at Commonwealth Games

16 Abril, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Arnold Perez
  • An injury has ruled New Zealand Sevens star Joe Webber out of the Commonwealth Games

The World Cup holders in the shortened version of the game had not been favoured in either final after some inconsistent performances on the world sevens circuits.

The men's team then followed that up with a 14-0 win over Fiji to clinch their fifth Commonwealth Games title.

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.

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.

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 look on her face said it all as she realised her mistake and that the match would go to extra-time.

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The ball landed in the arms of veteran Kurt Baker, who booted the ball out of play to wrap up New Zealand's gold medal.

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.

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.

"I got one in Delhi and was part of the team that lost in Glasgow (2014), so to get this win is wonderful".

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.

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.

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