All Blacks Sevens win over Fiji at Commonwealth Games

  • All Blacks Sevens win over Fiji at Commonwealth Games

All Blacks Sevens win over Fiji at Commonwealth Games

The BlitzBoks warmed up for the pool decider with Scotland with an emphatic 52-0 defeat of a Papua New Guinea side that simply had no answer to the hard-running and support lines of the World Rugby Sevens Series leaders and spent virtually the whole game pinned deep in their own half.

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.

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.

The victor of that match will progress through to the semi-finals and the loser will be out of medal contention.

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. The victor will face Australia in the final.

New Zealand and England are currently playing their semifinal now at Robina Stadium.

Woodman, the highest ever women's Sevens try-scorer, was inconsolable following the gold medal match in Rio after she was sin-binned during her side's loss.

Australia had lost co-captain Sharni Williams to injury in their win over England, but roared on by the near capacity crowd the hosts opened the scoring when the quick feet of Emma Tonegato allowed her to dart through the Fiji defence in the first minute.

The men's Final followed and similarly New Zealand dominated the opening spell, going into the break 14-0.

As she sat in the sin-bin Australia cleared their lines and worked the ball wide to Green and, while the Fijian-born flyer failed to round the defence as she had against England on day one, the crowd were soon raising the roof after Caslick broke free and raced away to score the winning try.