New Zealand win fourth CWG Sevens Gold

New Zealand won their fourth Commonwealth Games Sevens gold medal after they beat Australia 24-17 in the final which was held in Delhi.


Australia took an early lead and led at half time. Soon after the restart Australia extended their lead and New Zealand looked like they could be on the edge of a historic loss.


However New Zealand hit back and scored two quick tries with DJ Forbes scoring the crucial try which put them into the lead.

 

As the clock ticked down Kurt Baker put the result beyond doubt with the final try just before the hooter.

The New Zealanders are the first team to win four consecutive Gold medals in a team sport event at the Commonwealth Games. However the Australian Men’s Hockey team can also achieve this feat if they beat New Zealand on Thursday in the final.


New Zealand remain unbeaten in all of their 21 Rugby Sevens matches across all four Commonwealth Games the sport has been played in since being was introduced at Kuala Lumpur in 1998.


Liam Messame (NZL) and Lote Raikabula (NZL) won their second Gold medal. Amasio valance (NZL) is still the only person to have won three Gold medals in Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games.


Two chip-and-chase tries in the second half secured South Africa the Rugby Sevens Bronze medal with a 17-14 victory over England at Delhi University on Tuesday. A well-placed kick to the corner from Renfred Dazel (RSA) saw Bernado Botha (RSA) cross the try line within a minute of the start to claim South Africa’s first points against England.


England was swift to respond as Mathew Turner (ENG) barged through two South African tacklers to level the score before Ben Gollings (ENG) converted.


Another try to England, courtesy of Dan Caprice (ENG) and another accurate conversion from Gollings saw England take a 14-5 lead at half-time.

 

But a chip-and-chase try from Cecil Afrika (RSA) in the ninth minute brought South Africa to within two points of England.

Then Lubabalo Mtembu (RSA) chased down his own kick to the corner to put the South Africans in front with under a minute remaining for what proved to be the Bronze medal-winning points.


GNS

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