England bounce back to win two rugby sevens Commonwealth bronze medals

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South Africa's Blitzboks, the defending Commonwealth Games champions, suffered a shock deafeat at the hands of England on Sunday at the Gold Coast, Australia.

Australia's win also confirmed England's place in the last four and world champions New Zealand stand between them and a guaranteed medal in the first Commonwealth Games women's rugby sevens competition.

Abigail Brown's side bounced back in style in the bronze medal match against Canada, earning a 19-5 half-time lead as tries from Lydia Thompson, Debbie Fleming and Claire Allan proved just enough to hold off a late charge and triumph 24-19.

Both teams set up semi-finals against England, played earlier today, with the women winning 26-5 and the men 17-12, setting up Finals against Olympic champions Australia and Fiji.


The BlitzBoks will face Fiji in the semifinals of the Sevens at the Commonwealth Games.

The men had three pool matches yesterday and needing to finish top of the pool to qualify for the semi finals they went three for three with wins over Zambia (54-0), Kenya (40-7) and Canada (33-7).

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. An 80 metre try from Kelly Brazier secured the win and the first ever women's sevens gold medal. "We put in an unbelievable performance", said Amy Wilson-Hardy.

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. With the pressure on and the tension evident around Robina Stadium, Fiji continued to threaten but then lost Pricilla Siata to the sin-bin after she prevented Australia taking a quick penalty near their own line.

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