Publicado: Lun, Abril 16, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Shock as Blitzboks fail to medal at Commonwealth Games

Shock as Blitzboks fail to medal at Commonwealth Games

The World Cup holders in the shortened version of the game had not been favoured in either final after some inconsistent performances on the world sevens circuits. However, the Olympic bronze medallists couldn't make their advantage count and instead World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year 2017 Blyde returned from the sin-bin to score two tries to pull New Zealand 10 points clear with time running out.

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 look on her face said it all as she realised her mistake and that the match would go to extra-time.

However, New Zealand quietened them once more by jumping out to a 14-0 lead against the Rio champions inside the first four minutes and were never really threatened thereafter.

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.

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"I got one in Delhi and was part of the team that lost in Glasgow (2014), so to get this win is fantastic".

The pool deciders certainly lived up to expectations with Fiji needing a late try from Semi Kunatani to deny a Justin Tipuric-inspired Wales and claim a 21-17 win in their Pool D decider, while England battled past hosts Australia 26-17 and New Zealand proved too hot for Canada, winning the Pool C finale 33-7.

The final match of the day pitted Scotland against a South African side that had not conceded a try and the first five minutes saw the teams testing each other out with no quarter given before Specman went over in the corner after a quick tap.

"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".

New Zealand won gold in the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens tournament but the major surprise was that South Africa didn't medal at all.

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