Double gold for NZ Sevens teams at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

The Springbok Women Sevens at the traditional jersey hand-over in Hong Kong

Both teams set up semi-finals against England, played earlier today, with the women winning 26-5 and the men 17-12, setting up Finals against Olympic champions Australia and Fiji.

England had earlier won both bronze medals with the men beating Glasgow Games champions South Africa 21-14 while the women beat Canada 24-19.

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.

The BlitzBoks will face Fiji in the semifinals of the Sevens at the Commonwealth Games.

Brazier's lung-bursting effort, however, would have been in vain had Michaela Blyde, who scored one of New Zealand's two tries in the first half, not produced two sensational cover tackles as Australia pressed in the second half.

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.

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As it was 18-months ago, the two best Sevens sides in the world squared-off in the decider, with New Zealand scoring a long-range try in the first-half of extra-time for the win.

"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".

The home side couldn't capitalise, with Blyde putting a try-saving tackle on Emma Tonegato just metres short of the line.

The historic tournament on the Gold Coast saw the Women's side edge out Australia in extra time thanks to Kelly Brazier's long-range try.

An overthrown lineout allowed Emille Cherry to score and peg the gap back to 12-7, but captain Charlotte Caslick was forced out of the rest of the match through injury.

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