Commonwealth Games: England men & women reach rugby sevens semis

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The Black Ferns sevens are the inaugural Commonwealth Games champions, with women's sevens included in the Games programme for the first time.

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.

With only the pool winners to progress to the knockout stages and remain in contention for a medal there was no room for complacency with every match a must-win encounter.

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.

England's men's and women's teams both secured their place in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens at Queensland's Robina Stadium.

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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.

The men's Final followed and similarly New Zealand dominated the opening spell, going into the break 14-0.

"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". The victor will face Australia in the final. 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 historic tournament on the Gold Coast saw the Women's side edge out Australia in extra time thanks to Kelly Brazier's long-range try.

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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