Golden day for Kiwis

New Zealand beat England 29-21 in the final of the Commonwealth Games Sevens on Friday.

The Kiwis have been woeful in the IRB Sevens Series this year, but defended their title by pummelling the Poms in a hard-fought gold medal match. Gordon Tietjens’s team scored five tries to three.

In the bronze medal match Fiji beat hosts Australia 21-17.

Earlier in the day the Kiwis hammered Canada 24-0 in the quarter-finals and then clinically disposed of the home nation Australia in the semi-final, winning 21-19 after leading 21-5 with just a couple of minutes to go.

Australia scored their final try after the hooter, so New Zealand were never in danger of losing.

The Kiwis play pre-competition favourites England in the final, with the Poms relying on a last movement score to beat Samoa in the quarter-finals and then surprisingly coasting to victory against Fiji, one of the form teams of the year.

The Poms won 21-14.