All Blacks Sevens win over Fiji at Commonwealth Games
- Author: Desiree Holland Apr 16, 2018,
Apr 16, 2018, 1:45
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.
Etene Nanai-Seturo and Regan Ware scored first half tries to ensure New Zealand regained the Commonwealth Games men's rugby sevens gold with a 14-0 victory over Fiji, while a sensational Kelly Brazier effort gave their women a maiden title.
England's men's and women's teams both secured their place in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens at Queensland's Robina Stadium. 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.
Full table here: 2018 Commonwealth Games medal table.
Meanwhile, New Zealand made it a gold medal double at the with a dominant 14-0 win over Fiji.
Paula Dranisinukula looked certain to score for Fiji but a great covering tackle from Kiwi skipper Scott Curry saved the try early in the second half.More news: Hot springs and cakes for 112-year-old
New Zealand took a 12-0 lead into the break, but a short restart earned Australia a penalty to begin the second half.
The two sides had also met in the final of the Rio Olympics, with the Australians claiming the gold.
New Zealand had opened up a 12-0 halftime lead after tries to Portia Woodman and Blyde, before Emilee Cherry exploited some poor tackling close to the line and Ellia Green outpaced the cover defence to send the contest into extra time.
"I probably held back a bit looking for a pass but no-one came, so I pinned the ears back and got over the line".
Both New Zealand sevens sides competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast have claimed gold medals in their respective tournaments.