England bounce back to win two rugby sevens Commonwealth bronze medals

England bounce back to win two rugby sevens Commonwealth bronze medals

Both New Zealand sevens sides competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast have claimed gold medals in their respective tournaments.

In the semifinals earlier on Sunday, South Africa lost 24-19 after Fiji led 12-0 at halftime.

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.

A huge sigh of relief could be felt around the Robina Stadium when Charlotte Caslick broke clear to score the match-winning try for crowd favourites Australia and keep their hopes alive of completing a unique treble of the winning the first Rugby World Cup Sevens, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games titles.

The men had three pool matches yesterday and needing to finish top of the pool to qualify for the semi finals they went three for three with wins over Zambia (54-0), Kenya (40-7) and Canada (33-7).

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.

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said it was a proud day on the Gold Coast.

"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".

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.

The home side couldn't capitalise, with Blyde putting a try-saving tackle on Emma Tonegato just metres short of the line. In a thrilling extra stanza, New Zealand secured the victory when Kelly Brazier scored a 80m try.

Australia were awarded a penalty after the siren, but Cassie Staples - apparently thinking her side was up following Green's try - kicked the ball into touch.

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