Games-New Zealand strike double gold in rugby sevens

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The New Zealand men's and women's sevens teams have claimed gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The Blitzboks have yet to be tested at the Commonwealth Games after thrashing Papua New Guinea 52-0 in their second group match on Australia's Gold Coast on Saturday.

After going up 12-0 in the first half, New Zealand barely saw the ball in the second seven minutes, allowing Australia to level the scores.

The champions put Ware across as Mocenecagi watched on from off the field to extend their lead to 19-0, only for the try to be ruled out when a video replay showed the 23-year-old had lost control of the ball over the line.

New Zealand's fifth victory in six finals at the Games came after their women's team downed Australia 17-12 in sudden-death to win the inaugural women's title.

The men had three pool matches yesterday and needing to finish top of the pool to qualify for the semi finals they went three for three with wins over Zambia (54-0), Kenya (40-7) and Canada (33-7).

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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.

Captain Ghislaine Landry curled the conversion through the uprights from the sidelines to edge Canada 7-5 ahead at half-time. An 80 metre try from Kelly Brazier secured the win and the first ever women's sevens gold medal.

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said it was a proud day on the Gold Coast.

In front of a packed stadium, Kelly Brazier broke two exhausted tackles and ran 75-metres to score the golden point victor.

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.

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