Shock as Blitzboks fail to medal at Commonwealth Games

New Zealand stun Fiji to seal Commonwealth rugby double

Olympic champions Australia survived a scare against Fiji to top Pool A and set up a semi-final with Canada at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, while New Zealand will face England in the other encounter on Sunday.

Meanwhile, New Zealand made it a gold medal double at the with a dominant 14-0 win over Fiji.

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.

The men's team then followed that up with a 14-0 win over Fiji to clinch their fifth Commonwealth Games title.

The victor of that match will progress through to the semi-finals and the loser will be out of medal contention.

Australia's win also confirmed England's place in the last four and world champions New Zealand stand between them and a guaranteed medal in the first Commonwealth Games women's rugby sevens competition.

"For our women to claim the first ever women's sevens gold medal is fantastic, this is a group of players that continues to impress and inspire and that final was enthralling".

As it was 18-months ago, the two best Sevens sides in the world squared-off in the decider, with New Zealand scoring a long-range try in the first-half of extra-time for the win. Australia won possession and had a chance to win the match as the final hooter blared, but Cassie Staples chose to send the ball into the stands and play an extra period.

Under the pump throughout the first half, Australia conceded a penalty with less than a minute until halftime, with the Kiwis taking a quick tap and scoring on the left through Michaela Blyde.

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. In a thrilling extra stanza, New Zealand secured the victory when Kelly Brazier scored a 80m try.

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