Commonwealth Games: England men & women reach rugby sevens semis

Commonwealth Games: England men & women reach rugby sevens semis

The Blitzboks lost 21-14 after leading 14-0 at halftime in their bronze medal play-off.

The Australians, who had won the first Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016 and dominated this season's women's sevens series, had been heavy favourites heading into the final between the trans-Tasman rivals.

Unfortunately, the South Africans were drawn to play Fiji in the semi-final and the Islanders were just too good.

Judging by this lacklustre performance, particularly in the second half, the Blitzboks were still reeling from their semi-final defeat to Fiji.

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It is the first time the women's sevens has featured at the Games, writing New Zealand into the history books claiming both titles in 2018.

New Zealand's Women beat Olympic Champions Australila in extra time and New Zealand's men won their sixth Commonwealth Gold in seven attempts with a 14-0 shut out of Olympic champions Fiji. "I would have liked to win the medal‚" said Snyman.

Regan Ware weaved through a woeful Fijian defence, slipping tackles to score New Zealand's second try near the posts for a 14-0 advantage.

"We hate losing, so we're pretty disappointing, everyone's faces are devastated", Walsh said.

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The women's side needed extra time to beat Australia and take the inaugural gold medal, with a heroic 80-metre effort from Kelly Brazier securing the win.

Another turn of pace from Celestine Masinde doubled Kenya's lead to 14-0 at the break, before South Africa came roaring back with tries from Mathrin Simmers and Zenay Jordaan.

"I would also like to say a big thank you to the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Gold Coast organising committee for their support in staging such a superb sevens competition, but most of all our thanks go to the teams, fans and volunteers who have made this a truly special Commonwealth Games sevens competition".

"On behalf of New Zealand Rugby I congratulate both teams, and their management staff, on their success at the Games", said Tew.

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The Kiwi men are off to a predictably blistering start at the Commonwealth Games sevens tournament.