Arthritis rules another NZ Sevens player out of Games

Lynette Rowe
April 16, 2018

Unlike the tension-filled semi-final, it was noticeable that South Africa played more freely against the English and that was their undoing.

New Zealand's men followed up the women's effort as they claimed gold, four years after their heartbreaking finals loss at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand defeated Australia 17-12 at the death to win Comm Games gold.

Earlier, the New Zealand women's sevens advanced to the gold medal match against hosts Australia for after comprehensively beating England 26-5 in their semi-final.

In the gold-medal match, New Zealand scored two converted first-half tries to beat Fiji 14-0.

The ball bounced back off the post but fell fortuitously into Kurt Baker's hands, who booted the ball into touch to seal the gold medal for New Zealand.

And women's coach Tim Walsh looks to have some issues to deal with ahead his team's semifinal with Canada, after the Olympic champions produced a performance he described as "ordinary" in their final pool game against Fiji.

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"But as long as you've given everything and I do believe out there today we saw the energy and they gave everything they had".

"We're so proud of the team, they played their hearts out for her, it's pretty emotional", said Russell Nathan-Wong.

Portia Woodman was the standout player for New Zealand, while Niall Williams grabbed herself a splendidly opportunistic try, chasing up to pounce as one of the Kenyans tried to shepherd the ball out over the dead-ball line. "I'm so proud of all the girls, it's been an incredible run over the last eight weeks".

Earlier, New Zealand ensured they entered Sunday's semifinals with a ideal record in accounting for Canada 24-7.

But they had to hold on in the end as Canada roared back, but the 24-19 final scoreline left Brown delighted.

It was their defence that won the game - New Zealand captain Scott Currie pulled off try-saving tackle in the second half that showcased their tenacity.

"I think this team is so much better than losing the third/fourth game, so we need to go and make a couple of things right", the skipper said.

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