Games-Sensational Brazier try gives NZ women rugby sevens gold

  • Games-Sensational Brazier try gives NZ women rugby sevens gold

Games-Sensational Brazier try gives NZ women rugby sevens gold

In the first period of extra time, Brazier fended off an opponent and burst through a flagging defence to clinch it 17-12, sparking joyous celebrations as the Kiwis avenged their 2016 Olympic final defeat to the Australians.

The women's Final played first, New Zealand going out to a 12-0 halftime lead before Australia clawed back in the second half to take the match to extra time.

The 17-10 victory secured top spot in Pool B for Olympic champions Australia with an unbeaten record and set up a semi-final with Canada, who had lost the Pool A decider to New Zealand 24-7 in the first session of the day.

Australia had won every game of the tournament by at least 21 points prior to the final and went into the match as hot favourites to top the podium, but England matched them from the off and went into half time level at 25-25.

The Black Ferns and Australia square off for the first women's Commonwealth Games sevens gold medal.

"We tapped it to play on and there was a gap in front of me and I went".

New Zealand and England are currently playing their semifinal now at Robina Stadium.

New Zealand proved a class above England in their semi final, absorbing plenty of pressure when the game was on the line in the second half.

"I looked at our captain (Sarah Goss) when we got the penalty and she gave me the heads-up that we're not kicking the ball out", Brazier said.

"We're devastated. you can't fault the effort we put in but we don't like losing", Walsh said.

"A number of our men's team were part of the silver medal winning team four years ago, so for them to experience gold today is a great result".

Portia Woodman was pulled down just short of the line, as England found some momentum, but Michaela Blyde found New Zealand's second just before the break.

The second half was barely 30 seconds old when Charlotte Caslick raced away to restore Australia's lead once more but it again didn't last long with Naoibasali scoring her second to tie the scores at 10-10.

The victor will face Australia in the final.

New Zealand celebrate the try of Regan Ware, bottom, on Sunday.