NEW ZEALAND 24-17 AUSTRALIA
New Zealand went into the final having never lost a Commonwealth Games rugby match to date, and had 20 minutes to prove to the world they are unbeatable on this stage.
The Australian defence caused the Kiwis some serious headaches as neither side scored for the first three minutes. But eventually Lote Raikabula waltzed over the try line and under posts; Kurt Baker converted the first try.
With only two minutes until half time, Australia had the penalty as All Black Liam Messam was binned for two minutes. With the Kiwis down to six men, Lachie Turner took advantage by going over the line out wide, making the conversion difficult but taking the score to 7-5.
James Stannard controlled the game beautifully for Australia, setting up a perfect opportunity for Luke Morahan to just touch the ball down just as the half time siren had gone. Australia went into the break 10-7 ahead.
The second half began in the same vein as Stannard continued his leadership with a converted try under the posts.
With Australia holding a ten point lead, New Zealand replaced Hosea Gear with Sherwin Stowers, who promptly made his mark with a converted try. NZ 14-17 Australia. Stowers made a second bolt for the line but thankfully for Australia Lachie Turner edged him into touch.
With just under four minutes to go, DJ Forbes charged over the line for the All Blacks taking them back into the lead 19-17. The edge-of-seat drama continued as Australia had both possession and position but Liam Gill knocked on with a minute left on the clock.
Stowers made a break the length of the pitch and managed to clear a pass to Baker for him to score as the final siren went off.
New Zealand cemented their hold on the gold for the fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games with a final score of 24-17. Australia had to settle for silver whilst South Africa beat England to take bronze.
CWG FINAL HIGHLIGHTS
ENGLAND 14-17 SOUTH AFRICA
Two chip-and-chase tries in the second half secured South Africa the Rugby Sevens Bronze medal with a 17-14 victory over England at Delhi University on Tuesday.
A well-placed kick to the corner from Renfred Dazel (RSA) saw Bernado Botha (RSA) cross the try line within a minute of the start to claim South Africa's first points against England.
England was swift to respond as Mathew Turner (ENG) barged through two South African tacklers to level the score before Ben Gollings (ENG) converted.
Another try to England, courtesy of Dan Caprice (ENG) and another accurate conversion from Gollings, saw England take a 14-5 lead at half-time. But a chip-and-chase try from Cecil Afrika (RSA) in the ninth minute brought South Africa to within two points of England.
Then Lubabalo Mtembu (RSA) chased down his own kick to the corner to put the South Africans in front with under a minute remaining for what proved to be the Bronze medal-winning points.
NEW ZEALAND 33-12 ENGLAND
New Zealand showed no mercy to the team it beat in the 2006 Commonwealth Games final, steamrolling England 33-12 to book its place in the final. DJ Forbes (NZL) broke through the English defence four minutes into play to register New Zealand's first points, increasing his side's lead two minutes later for 12-0 at the break. Tomasi Cama (NZL) continued New Zealand's attack in the second half before England's Isoa Damudamu (ENG) found a way through on the 10-minute mark to get them into the game. But the New Zealanders never let up, strangling England's attack as Lote Raikabula (NZL) and Cama ran in another two tries. A try on full-time from Dan Caprice (ENG) was little comfort to England as New Zealand cruised to a 21-point victory.
AUSTRALIA 17-7 SOUTH AFRICA
Australia earned the chance to play for the 2010 Commonwealth Gold, holding off South Africa to win 17-7. Ryno Benjamin (RSA) put the South Africans in front early before Lachie Turner (AUS) responded with a break on the wing in the fourth minute. A try to Liam Gill (AUS) gave Australia a 10-7 half-time lead. James Stannard (AUS) increased Australia's lead early in the second half with a converted try. South Africa continued to push until the final minute of play, but Australia's defence held strong.
SOUTH AFRICA 10-7 SCOTLAND
Errors proved costly for Scotland as South Africa held on to secure a semifinal berth with 10-7 win.
Paul Delport put South Africa 5-0 up but a try and conversion to Mike Adamson (SCO) gave his team a two-point lead at the break.
Ryno Shannon Benjamin (RSA) put South Africa in front early in the second half as Scotland struggled to find a gap in the South African defence.
Scotland almost snatched the win when John Houston (SCO) headed for the line but his pace was no match for the South African backs, the 2008 World Series champion taking the game by three points.
NEW ZEALAND 31-10 WALES
Despite a slow start from New Zealand, Wales was unable to match the defending champions, who hit top form in the second half to progress to the semifinals with a 31-10 victory.
Wales scored the first points of the match through Ifan Evans (WAL) after four minutes before New Zealand struck back through Kurt Baker (NZL), taking the lead with a successful conversion for 7-5 at halftime.
Tries to Ben Smith, Baker and Hosea Gear started New Zealand's charge in the second half as Wales struggled to maintain its line of defence. Aaron Shingler's (WAL) five-pointer did little to stem New Zealand's scoring attack as Toby Arnold (NZL) ran in a final try on full time.
ENGLAND 7-5 SAMOA
A courageous England team stood strong against World Series champion Samoa for a 7-5 victory. Tries were hard to come by in the tough encounter with Samoa managing to break England's line in the fifth minute through Alatasi Tupou (SAM).
Greg Howard Barden's (ENG) try just before halftime drew scores level before Ben Gollings' (ENG) successful conversion put England up 7-5 going into the break.
The physicality of the match continued in the second half as both sides held firm, England's aggressive defence denying a desperate Samoa a shot at the medals.
AUSTRALIA 27-5 KENYA
Australia's James Stannard led the charge with two tries and one conversion for a 27-5 victory over Kenya.
Shaun Foley's first-minute try set the tone before Stannard crossed twice and Luke Morahan (AUS) scored on halftime for a comfortable 22-0 lead at the break.
With the game already in the bag for Australia, the second half ended with one try apiece to Humphrey Kayange Emonyi (KEN) and Nick Cummins (AUS).
SAMOA 34-0 SCOTLAND
Samoa trounced Scotland 34-0 in the Rugby Sevens Plate final.
Having missed out on a last-four place, the Sevens World Series title-holder had to be content with lifting the trophy competed for by beaten quarter finalists.
Scotland proved no match for the Samoan giants as they ran in six unanswered tries. The South Sea islanders took no prisoners as they stormed to a 17-0 halftime lead thanks to a Mikaele Pesamino try and a double from Afa Aiono. Scotland battled on after the break but could not find a way past a resolute Samoan defence.
Samoa wrapped up the victory with three second-half touchdowns including a second for Pesamino on fulltime.
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WALES 12-38 SAMOA
A second-half charge from Samoa saw the World Series champions run away with a 38-12 victory over 2009 World Cup winners Wales. In a fiercely contested first half, Lee Rees (WAL) was the first to score, crossing in the first minute. But Samoa responded through Mikaele Siliva Pesamino (SAM) and Simaika Mikaele (SAM) to take a 12-5 halftime lead. Wales struggled to gain possession after the break as the Samoans ran in four unanswered tries. Gareth Davies (WAL) crossed in the final minute, doing little to lessen the loss for Wales as Samoa earned its place in the Plate final with a 26-point victory.
KENYA 17-22 SCOTLAND
Kenya and Scotland fought out a close battle in the second Plate semifinal, with Scotland emerging as 22-17 winners with a golden-point extra time success. Despite an early try to Mike Adamson (SCO), both teams struggled to gain ground in the first half with Kenya finally breaking through in the seventh minute courtesy of Humphrey Emonyi (KEN). But it was Scotland that took a 12-7 lead at the break as Colin Shaw (SCO) found space in the middle to cross right on the siren. Lee Jones (SCO) extended Scotland's lead as play resumed, while Kenya continued to challenge with a try from Collins Injera (KEN). Then Emonyi found himself at the end of some slick Kenyan passing, crossing the line in the final minute to level the scores at 17-17 to push the match into extra time. Frustrations boiled over as play continued, with both sides fiercely fighting for the win, but it was Jones' run from midway down the field that sealed victory for Scotland at the end of the five-minute period.
In the Bowl quarter finals, Canada beat India 43-10, Uganda downed Malaysia 36-14, Papua New Guinea dispensed with Sri Lanka 26-12 while Tonga defeated Guyana 21-14.
Canada ended India's Bowl hopes in the first match of the day, defeating the home side 43-10. Canada ran in four tries, including a double to Nathan Hirayama (CAN) before the Indian team consolidated. Rohaan Kersi's (IND) try was reward for some fantastic team play for a halftime score of 28-5. While Canada continued its physical dominance in the second and Hirayama scored his third try, India continued to pentrate with Puneeth Krisnamurthy (IND) crossing the line in the 13th minute. Despite India losing two tries to Canada's seven, the host will take confidence from its progress.
Despite a determined second-half comeback from Malaysia, Uganda held firm for a 26-14 victory. A try to Micheal Okorach (UGA) and a double for Lawerence Wakabi (UGA) gave Uganda a 19-0 halftime lead . The Malaysian attack found rhythm in the second half with Dinesvaran Knznnan (MAS) crossing in the 11th minute. A minute later Knznnan was at it again, fending off two Ugandan tacklers to get his side within five points before George Olwoch (UGA) scored in the final minute to ensure Uganda finished 12 points ahead.
Papua New Guinea was forced to work for its 26-12 victory against a tenacious Sri Lanka. What Sri Lanka lacked in size, it made up for in speed, pressuring the PNG defence from start to finish. Tries to Albert Levi (PNG) and Chanaka Kalakorale Gedara (SRI) saw scores level 7-7 at halftime. Papua New Guinea's Levi broke through after the break. Despite a chip-and-chase try to Smith Lakas (PNG), which increased Papua's lead, Sri Lanka continued to push with Sajith Kuruppu Arachchige Don crossing in the 13th minute. However, a second try to Eugene Tokovai (PNG) wrapped up the match for Papua.
Tonga's finishing ability ensured it came away with a 21-14 victory over Guyana. A yellow card to Fokolulu Taumalolo (TON) gave Guyana a boost, with Ronald Mayers (GUY) scoring a try. Tonga responded quickly to bring the scores level 7-7 at the break. Tonga's John Cocker broke through early in the second half to edge his side in front, before Guyana's Kevin Mckenzie crossed to level again. Walter George's (GUY) sin-binning in the 13th minute gave Tonga the opportunity it needed. Teu Kaufusi's (TON) try and the subsequent conversion gave Tonga victory by seven points.
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In the semi finals, Canada held off Uganda 22-17 while PNG shrugged off Tonga 24-5 in the Bowl semi finals.
Uganda was unable to capitalise on an early lead as Nathan Hirayama (CAN) inspired his side to a 22-17 victory. Lawrence Wakabi (UGA) scored early and Ambrose Kamanyire also crossed to take Uganda 12 points up before Hirayama managed to break through to score just before halftime to trail 12-5. Hirayama struck again as play resumed, too quick for Uganda's backs. A brilliant pass from Thyssen de Goede (CAN) saw Conor Trainor (CAN) cross the line, closely followed by Hirayama scoring his third try for the match. A late try to Kamanyire did little to dent Canada's lead.
Papua New Guinea out-muscled Tonga in the other Bowl semi final, entertaining the crowd with four tries in the 24-5 victory. Henry Liliket (PNG) opened his side's account in spectacular fashion, running half the length of the field to score after 27 seconds. Three minutes later Liliket scored his second with an intercept at the 22m line. Shadrach Ghabiliha (PNG) skipped over to give PNG a 17-0 lead at halftime. Captain John Cocker (TON) finally saw his team on the scoreboard after the break before PNG extended its lead through a try by Eugene Tokavai.
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Papua New Guinea beat Canada 17-10 to win the Bowl final in the Rugby Sevens competition at Delhi University
Three trophies are given at normal Sevens competitions, with the Bowl going to the best team in the bottom half of the draw, in this case for ninth position.
PNG's opportunism with three tries was Canada's undoing. Albert Levi (PNG) was first over the line for PNG in the third minute before Canada's Sean Duke replied a minute later.
PNG extended its lead with another try to Levi for a 12-5 at halftime lead. Justin Mensah-Coker brought Canada within reach before Gare Ponda (PNG) chased down the ball he booted from the 50m line, palming off to Eugene Tokavai (PNG), who touched down between the posts, securing PNG's seven-point win.
The Rugby Sevens got underway at Delhi University on day 1 with the fancied teams all making strong starts. There were no upsets in second-round play of the Rugby Sevens at Delhi University on Monday, although Canada rued a missed conversion at the death to gift Scotland a two-point win in Group A. The form teams were all undefeated heading into the fourth session. But the final round saw Kenya cause a major upset in beating World Series champion Samoa 12-10 to win Group C. However, both teams go through to the quarterfinals along with three-times champion New Zealand and Scotland from Group A, South Africa and Wales from Group B and England and Australia from Group D.
The Commonwealth Games champion New Zealand made its medal intentions clear from the first minute in defeating Canada 43-7. Kurt Baker (NZL) ran 60m to open the scoring in the 24th second before four more tries gave New Zealand a 33-0 halftime lead. Canada’s only try came from the captain Phil Mack when New Zealand was down to five players after Tomasi Cama and Liam Messam had been shown yellow cards in quick succession. Sherwin Stowers (NZL) scored two tries, his second coming after the siren.
Guyana proved obdurate opponents for Scotland in the first half before Lee Jones (SCO) made the breakthrough to give them a 7-0 lead at the break. Scott Forrest (SCO) crossed early in the second and Jones completed a hat-trick of tries, with Mike Adamson (SCO) kicking three conversions in Scotland's 26-0 win.
New Zealand showed no mercy in its second Group A match, defeating Guyana 52-0. Tim Mikkelson (NZL) crossed early for New Zealand before Sherwin Stowers (NZL) ran in two tries in quick succession, helping the Kiwis to a 26-0 half-time lead. Stowers recorded a third try after the break while Toby Arnold (NZL) touched down in the 13th minute. A try from Hosea Gear (NZL) on full-time finished off New Zealand's eight-try victory. The win could have come at a price, however, with Mikkelson taken from the field in the second half after injuring his right knee.
Scotland was lucky to win 19-17 against Canada when a missed conversion in the final minute cost the Canadians a draw. A try double from Lee Jones (SCO) started Scotland's tally before captain Phil Mack (CAN) crossed the try line to bring Canada to within five points of the Scots at half-time. Andrew Turnbull (SCO) extended Scotland's lead after the break, but Canada hit back through Taylor Paris (CAN). A try from Sean Duke (CAN) in the final minute had Canada a kick away from a draw, but MACK missed the conversion to give Scotland a two-point victory.
Round 3 saw Canada cruise home 47-0 over Guyana in a lacklustre and timid battle between the Group A Bowl qualifiers. Tries from Thyssen de Goede (CAN), Justin Mensah-Coker (CAN) and Phil Mack (CAN) put Canada ahead 19-0 at halftime. When Walter George's (GUY) was shown a yellow card early in the second half, Canada ran in two more tries as Guyana played with six men on the pitch. Mensah-Coker ran in his third try near the end to give his team a seven-try romp.
New Zealand continued to live up to its tag as favourites in the final round, crushing Scotland 46-0. Ben Smith (NZL) started the onslaught in the first minute. Despite the one-sided score-line, Scotland fought from start to finish, but its bravery and physical aggression were no match for New Zealand's skill and class as the they finished the first half 24-0 ahead. Tomasi Cama (NZL) resumed the onslaught before Hosea Gear (NZL) ran from 50m to cross for his second try of the day. A well-placed pass from Gear to Liam Messam (NZL) on the run saw Messam score for an eight-try victory.
South Africa showed its class in the opening match beating Tonga 29-0. Lubabalo Mtembu (RSA) scored the first try of the tournament in the first minute of play. Paul Delport (RSA) then crossed the line twice to give South Africa a 17-0 lead at halftime. South Africa continued to dominate in the second half but had to settle for a single try after the siren.
India put in a determined effort, but was no match for the 2009 World Cup champions Wales, who won 56-7. Amit Lochab (IND) scored India’s only try four minutes into the first half while Wales crossed four times to lead 28-7 at the break. Tom Prydie (WAL) and Lee Williams (WAL) each bagged a brace of tries and Gareth Davies (WAL) scored a try and kicked six conversions.
Crowd favourites India provided little resistance as South Africa ran in nine tries to win 59-0 in the second round. Sibusiso Sithole (RSA) and Renfred Dazel (RSA) both crossed twice in the first half, while Marthinus Mentz (RSA) also touched down to give South Africa a 33-0 lead at the break. Another four tries in the second, including a double for Ryno Benjamin (RSA), completed South Africa's charge to victory.
Gareth Davies (WAL) helped secure a 38-7 win for Wales over Tonga. Wales scored three unanswered tries in the first half before Tonga's Fokolulu Taumalolo (TON) crossed right on half-time to get his team on the scoreboard at 19-7 down. Wales hit back immediately in the second half through Richie Pugh (WAL) and Rhys Shellard (WAL), with Pugh crossing for a second try in the final minute.
By round 3, Tonga comfortably won over India 38-5, despite a determined effort from the Commonwealth Games host side. Tonga's attack was too strong in the first half with tries from Taani Kaliti (TON), Uate Tupou (TON) and Fokolulu Taumalolo (TON) for a 17-0 halftime lead.
India's Nasser Hussain drew roars from the crowd as he ran in a try in the first minute after the break. Simple errors proved costly for the Indians as a try from Thimmaiah Madanda (IND) was disallowed after a forward pass. Another try for Taani Kaliti (TON) and two more from Taumalolo (TON) gave Tonga victory by six tries to one.
The final round of the day saw South Africa shake off a slow start against Wales to win its third consecutive match 21-5. Richie Pugh put Wales on the scoreboard within the first minute before the South African attack started. Johannes Prinsloo, Paul Delport and Cecil Afrika (RSA) burst over the line for 21-5 at halftime. Neither team managed to score in the second as both sides tried to rest players as fatigue set in.
Samoa kicked off its Commonwealth Games campaign with a 38-17 win over Papua New Guinea. Despite Henry Liliket (PNG) running in a try from 60m in the second minute of play, the Samoans dominated possession, scoring four tries to take a 26-5 lead at half-time. Papua New Guinea responded swiftly in the second half through Tisa Kautu (PNG) before Samoa crossed twice more. Despite another breakaway try to Montgomery Diave (PNG) on full-time, Samoa scored six tries, with two from Simaika Mikaele (SAM), to Papua New Guinea's three.
Kenya faced little opposition as they rolled Malaysia 40-0. A try apiece to Lavin George Onyango Asego (KEN) and Humphrey Emonyi (KEN) had the Kenyans up 14-0 at the end of the first half. Collins Injera (KEN) and Horace Otieno (KEN) crossed twice each in the second spell, while Asego landed five of six conversion attempts.
Pool C’s third round began with a one-sided affair as World Series champion Samoa thumped Malaysia 61-0. Afa Aiono (SAM) led his team with three tries in the first half, helping Samoa to a 35-0 lead. Malaysia continued to struggle against their opponents' size, strength and speed in the second half as Samoa scored four more tries to take its total to nine.
Despite a good contest from Papua New Guinea, Kenya's finishing ability at the end saw it win 17-12. Tries to Gray Cullen (KEN) and Wilson Opondo (KEN) gave the victors a 12-0 halftime lead. Chris Kakah (PNG) was shown a yellow card early in the second half. Henry Liliket (PNG) found space to charge down the pitch to score between the posts to register Papua New Guinea's first points. Kenya responded through Humphrey Emonyi (KEN). Smith Lakas (PNG) broke away just before the 22m line to bring Papua New Guinea within five points, but with a minute of regulation time remaining, Kenya held firm for the win.
The final round saw Papua New Guinea put in a strong performance against Malaysia to secure its first win -- 56-10. PNG's hard-running attack saw Shadrach Ghabiliha, Albert Levi and Smith Lakas all score tries within four minutes, before Malaysia responded through Mohd Md Noor (MAS). A second try to Levi put the Papuans ahead 28-5 at halftime. Another try to Lakas and a double for Eugene Tokavai further increased its lead before Levi crossed the line for a third time in the final minute. Malaysia's Mohd Zainal was stretchered off the field with an injury to his right leg before his team responded through Dinesvaran Knznnan on the siren. PNG was unlucky not to qualify for the top eight from a tough group but is a good chance to win the competition Bowl or Plate.
Kenya and Samoa brought the first day of Commonwealth Sevens competition to a brilliant climax with Kenya's 12-10 victory handing the World Series champion its first defeat of the tournament. With a try apiece in the first half, only a missed conversion by Samoa separated the sides. Kenya led 7-5 at the break. Samoa's Mikaele Pesamino punched in with his second try but Samoa was unable to respond to Humphrey Emonyi's (KEN) try in the 13th minute, taking the match by two points.
James Rodwell (ENG) scored a hat-trick of tries and Kevin Barrett (ENG) and Ben Gollings (ENG) two apiece in England's 59-7 over Sri Lanka. With England leading 33-0 at the break, Anuradha Sooriyabandara (SRI) crossed to put Sri Lanka on the scoreboard but the England attack never faltered with Rodwell scoring his third try on full time.
A try to Luke Morahan (AUS) in the opening minute set Australia on its way to a 33-0 victory over Uganda. Despite their tenacity, Uganda struggled to match Lachie Turner’s pace as he sprinted home twice to give Australia a 21-0 halftime lead. Liam Gill (AUS) added two tries in the second half. James Stannard (AUS) kicked four conversions.
England continued to display its dominance in round 3, defeating Uganda 55-0. The team controlled possession from start to finish, giving Uganda little opportunity to get into the game.
Daniel Norton (ENG) scored two tries and there was one each from Mathew Turner and Tom Powell to give their side a 24-0 lead at the break. Uganda continued to struggle with tackling and pace in the second half as England ran in five more tries. Uganda was a man down for the final two minutes after Robert Sseguya (UGA) was shown a yellow card.
Five first-half tries put Australia on its way to a 42-5 win over Sri Lanka. Nick Phipps (AUS) scored in just 23 seconds and followed up with his second try three minutes later. Tries from Kimami Situati (AUS), Luke Morahan (AUS) and Liam Gill (AUS) stretched Australian's lead to 35-0 at the break. Anuradha Sooriyabandara scored Sri Lanka's only points with a try. Australia continued on attack and Nick Cummins (AUS) scoring the last of his team's six tries.
Despite a promising start, mistakes proved costly for Sri Lanka as Uganda finished a 35-5 victor in the final round. Danuska Hadapangodage (SRI) scored Sri Lanka's only points for the match, getting over the line in the third minute of play before three tries saw Uganda fire to a 21-5 lead at the break. Jude Kermundu and Ambrose Kamanyire (UGA) brought their individual try tallies to two after the break while Benon Kizza (UGA) scored five from five with the boot.
Australia and England fought a close and thrilling battle with a missed Australian conversion giving England the win 21-19. Australia put the pressure on from the start with Lachie Turner (AUS) threatening on the wing, but it wasn't until the fifth minute that Australia scored through Bernard Foley (AUS). Australia took the lead 7-0 just before halftime as England played a man down with Greg Barden shown a yellow card. England struck back courtesy of Dan Caprice (ENG) to level the score as soon as play resumed. But Turner soon found space to give Australia the lead. A try to England's Mathew Turner brought the scores level again before Caprice put England 21-14 ahead. Kevin Barrett (ENG) was yellow carded in the final minutes and Australia managed to maintain possession after the siren, Pat McCutcheon (AUS) crossing to give his side the chance to level scores again. James Stannard's (AUS) conversion was unsuccessful, giving England a two-point win.
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