Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
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England bounce back to win two rugby sevens Commonwealth bronze medals

England bounce back to win two rugby sevens Commonwealth bronze medals

Meanwhile, New Zealand made it a gold medal double at the with a dominant 14-0 win over Fiji.

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.

New Zealand's Regan Ware (C) evades a tackle to score a try during the men's rugby sevens gold medal match against Fiji at the Robina Stadium during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast on 15 April 2018.

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

The men's team then followed that up with a 14-0 win over Fiji to clinch their fifth Commonwealth Games title.

The two sides had also met in the final of the Rio Olympics, with the Australians claiming the gold.

"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".

New Zealand even had an opportunity to put the game completely beyond doubt when Fiji's Sevuloni Mocenecagi was given a yellow card for an early tackle on Sam Dickson.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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