Gold double for New Zealand

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The BlitzBoks warmed up for the pool decider with Scotland with an emphatic 52-0 defeat of a Papua New Guinea side that simply had no answer to the hard-running and support lines of the World Rugby Sevens Series leaders and spent virtually the whole game pinned deep in their own half.

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

New Zealand even had an opportunity to put the game completely beyond doubt when Fiji's Sevuloni Mocenecagi was given a yellow card for an early tackle on Sam Dickson.

It is the first time the women's sevens has featured at the Games, writing New Zealand into the history books claiming both titles in 2018.

The semifinal line-up on Sunday pits four of the five nations to have claimed Commonwealth Games medals across the five previous editions, with England facing four-time champions New Zealand in the first before the mouth-watering prospect of a South Africa versus Fiji encounter.

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The women's final was also characterised by a strong first half performance from New Zealand and some desperate defence before Brazier stepped up to end home hopes of victory.

The Canadian women's rugby sevens team will be playing for a bronze medal after a 33-7 loss to Australia. 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 match was quickly tied up at 5-5, though, after Miriama Naiobasali went 80 metres and just had enough left to stretch out for the line under the tackle of Emma Sykes.

The motivation came from taking the field straight after watching the women's Black Ferns team winning gold in a thrilling 17-12 extra time golden point victory over Olympic champions Australia.

With scores at 12-7 in favour of New Zealand late in the second half, but Australia's Ellia Green hit back one minute before the hooter to level the scores.

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