New Zealand sweep Commonwealth sevens gold

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The New Zealand women's Sevens team has earned some measure of revenge for their Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games defeat to Australia, with an extra-time 17-12 win over Australia to claim Commonwealth Games gold on the Gold Coast.

However, New Zealand quietened them once more by jumping out to a 14-0 lead against the Rio champions inside the first four minutes and were never really threatened thereafter.

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.

Fiji, who won last week's Hong Kong sevens, were bidding for their first Commonwealth gold after taking silver behind New Zealand in the inaugural sevens in 1998 and again in 2002.

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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. Two exceptional finals capped a superb tournament of firsts - the first women's competition and Jamaica and Zambia making their debuts in the men's event.

The Canadian women's rugby sevens team will be playing for a bronze medal after a 33-7 loss to Australia.

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

The women beat Wales 45-0 and also face New Zealand in the semi-finals.

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Australia's Emma Tonegato put the match out of reach in the second half, scoring a pair of tries for a 26-7 lead before the scoring was capped off by teammate Charlotte Caslick.

Neither side could break the deadlock for five minutes in the first half of extra-time, before New Zealand earned a penalty and Brazier ran nearly 80 metres to score the victor.

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.

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