'Such an awesome feeling' - NZ's sevens sides blown away by gold medal double delight




Capped by haka and with gold medals slung around their necks, the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens have rounded out New Zealand's 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign with a bang.

Regan Ware scored the try of NZ’s win in the sevens final after slicing through most of the Fijian team to score under the posts.
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In what was the Games' final hurrah on the Gold Coast, both sides picked up gold in the men's and women's rugby sevens.

For the Ferns, that entailed a nail-biting 17-12 victory over Australia in extra time, with Kelly Brazier playing the role of hero with an 80-metre wonder try.

For the All Blacks Sevens, it involved a gutsy defensive lock-out of Olympic champions Fiji, winning 14-0 and conceding just four tries all tournament.

Regan Ware bagged the second of the Kiwi men's two tries with a lunge down the middle, following up Etene Nanai-Seturo's opener.

The All Blacks Sevens performed a shirtless haka to celebrate after the medal ceremony with family, friends and supporters.
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He was over the moon with the Kiwis' medal haul.

"Definitely on top by far," Ware said of the Games' ranking in his career.

"Such an awesome feeling - we're not far away from home and there's lots of family and friends here and that makes it even better.

"The women, they were an awesome, awesome inspiration."

New Zealand defeated Fiji 14-0 on the Gold Coast.
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Despite having some of the world's best sevens players at their disposal, the Fijians barely had a sniff in the final, kept quiet by the Kiwi defence.

It's a far cry from the side's recent World Sevens Series form, with just one 2017-18 event win to their name, or their failed 2016 Rio Olympic tilt.

Ware said it was all down to grit and determination.

"Fiji are devastating in attack so we had to squeeze up and we had to keep the ball away from them at all costs and we just couldn't take a backwards step, and we did all those things," Ware said.

New Zealand defeated Australia 17-12 at the death to win Comm Games gold.
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"We were able to put a performance together that we're proud of."

The two sides will now go their separate ways, with the men to play in next fortnight's Singapore Sevens and the women in next week's Japan Sevens.

The Sevens World Cup will be held in July in San Francisco.

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