Shock as Blitzboks fail to medal at Commonwealth Games

An injury has ruled New Zealand Sevens star Joe Webber out of the Commonwealth Games

Full table here: 2018 Commonwealth Games medal table.

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's Regan Ware (C) evades a tackle to score a try during the men's rugby sevens gold medal match against Fiji at the Robina Stadium during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast on 15 April 2018.

South Africa took a 33-0 lead into half time, and by the time they were done they had scored a total of 8 tries.

"We watched the women go into overtime and their win at the end really inspired us to get the double", Mikkelson said.

The Blitzboks lost 21-14 after leading 14-0 at halftime in their bronze medal play-off.

Etene Nanai-Seturo opened the scoring for New Zealand after two minutes and Vilimoni Koroi's conversion gave them a 7-0 lead.

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.

It was a one-sided men's final as New Zealand killed off the game with two early converted tries against a ragged Fijian defence.

A Fijian player was then sinbinned for a risky tackle with a minute left in the first half and New Zealand should have made the most of it, but Regan Ware dropped the ball over the tryline, blowing what should have been a guaranteed try on the stroke of half-time.

Paula Dranisinukula looked certain to score for Fiji but a great covering tackle from Kiwi skipper Scott Curry saved the try early in the second half.

"I probably held back a bit looking for a pass but no-one came, so I pinned the ears back and got over the line".

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.

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