England bounce back to win two rugby sevens Commonwealth bronze medals

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There was heartbreak for the Australian womens sevens side after losing to New Zealand in extra-time in the Commonwealth Games gold medal match but even more so for Cassie Staples who kicked the ball out thinking her side had won in regulation.

A scoreless second half saw the New Zealand men secure their fifth Commonwealth Games gold medal.

Watching New Zealand's women win the first rugby sevens Commonwealth Games title had inspired the men's team to complete a golden double against their respective Rio Olympic champions on Sunday, Tim Mikkelson said.

Then it was the turn of New Zealand and Canada, the second and third ranked teams in this year's HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, to duel for top spot in Pool A and a semi-final with the Pool B runner-up on Sunday.

The women got their campaign under way on Friday with wins over Kenya (45-0) and South Africa (41-0) before confirming their place at the top of their pool with a 24-7 win over Canada yesterday.

Woodman, the highest ever women's Sevens try-scorer, was inconsolable following the gold medal match in Rio after she was sin-binned during her side's loss.

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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.

New Zealand and England are currently playing their semifinal now at Robina Stadium.

The home side couldn't capitalise, with Blyde putting a try-saving tackle on Emma Tonegato just metres short of the line.

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.

An overthrown lineout allowed Emille Cherry to score and peg the gap back to 12-7, but captain Charlotte Caslick was forced out of the rest of the match through injury.

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