Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Canadian rugby sevens team to play for Commonwealth Games bronze

Canadian rugby sevens team to play for Commonwealth Games bronze

Defending champions South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji and England came through the pool stages unbeaten on a day packed full of drama and excitement at Robina Stadium to book their places in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Men's Sevens semifinals.

South Africa were quickly into their stride in the final match of the opening round, Justin Geduld scoring a try in each half as the BlitzBoks showed their ruthless side with a dominant 43-0 defeat of Malaysia, the nation which hosted the first Commonwealth Games to feature rugby back in 1998.

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

The New Zealand women's side upset Australia 17-12 in their Commonwealth Games final.

Then it was the turn of New Zealand and Canada, the second and third ranked teams in this year's HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, to duel for top spot in Pool A and a semi-final with the Pool B runner-up on Sunday.

Fiji, who won last week's Hong Kong sevens, were bidding for their first Commonwealth gold after taking silver behind New Zealand in the inaugural sevens in 1998 and again in 2002.

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"For our women to claim the first ever women's sevens gold medal is fantastic, this is a group of players that continues to impress and inspire and that final was enthralling".

Captain Ghislaine Landry curled the conversion through the uprights from the sidelines to edge Canada 7-5 ahead at half-time.

New Zealand beat Fiji to gold.

In front of a packed stadium, Kelly Brazier broke two exhausted tackles and ran 75-metres to score the golden point victor. The match was quickly tied up at 5-5, though, after Miriama Naiobasali went 80 metres and just had enough left to stretch out for the line under the tackle of Emma Sykes.

With scores at 12-7 in favour of New Zealand late in the second half, but Australia's Ellia Green hit back one minute before the hooter to level the scores.

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