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New Zealand achieved a rare Commonwealth Games double, winning gold medals for both Women’s and Men’s rugby sevens in Gold Coast, Australia. For the Men, who stand third in the current HSBC World Rugby Sevens, the win was particularly satisfying with a final’s victory over Fiji in a defensive shutout 14-0.
The All Blacks Men defeated England in the semis 17-12, while Fiji beat past Commonwealth Games rugby sevens gold medalist, South Africa 24-19.
The Women played arch rival Australia and, in a hard-fought game for the ages, triumphed in sudden death 17-12. It was no surprise that the Black Ferns would play the Aussies for the women’s crown. These two squads are ranked first and second in the world in 2018. Australia won the 2016 Olympic gold, while New Zealand won last season’s 2017 title.
The Kiwi women advanced by beating an improving South African team 21-14. Australia beat England 24-19 in a close contest. The final lasted an exhausting 25-minutes as the crowd roared with approval. Kiwi star Kelly Brazier scored the final try.
England's Men and Women secured bronze medals with wins against the Springboks, and versus Canada for the Women.
The HSBC Womern's 7s World Series returns to circuit play next weekend when twelve nations meet in Kitakyushu, Japan. The Men's HSBC Singapore Sevens is the weeknd of April 28, 29.