Commonwealth Games Rugby 7s: SA Wins Gold, SL Wins Shield

South Africa ended New Zealand's dominance at the Commonwealth Games, winning the gold medal match in an enthralling final at a sold-out Ibrox Stadium 17-12.

Seabelo Senata stole the show, scoring his 10th and 11th tries of the Games to help the Blitzboks better their bronze medal from Delhi four years ago and become the first side to beat the All Blacks Sevens at the Commonwealth Games.

After a world-record 171,000 fans packed into Ibrox for two fine days of action, the crucial medal matches have provided more thrilling entertainment, two years before Sevens takes its place at the Olympic Games in Rio.

In the bronze medal match Australia, silver medalists four years ago, beat Samoa 24-0 thanks to two more tries for the impressive Greg Jeloudev in what was new coach Geraint John's first tournament in charge having made the switch from Canada last month.

The defending Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand booked their place in the gold medal final after a 19-7 win over Tasman neighbours Australia with Scott Curry scoring two decisive second half tries while Cornal Hendricks scored twice to give the Blitzboks a 35-7 win against Samoa in their semi final.

England snatch Plate from Wales' grasp

In the second-tier plate, contested by the losing medal quarter-finalists, England, without injured skipper Tom Mitchell, beat Wales 17-15 with stand-in captain Phil Burgess scoring the winning try after the buzzer had sounded.

Simon Amor's England narrowly held on to beat Scotland 15-12 having led 15-0 in the semi final, while Wales defeated Kenya 28-5 with Lee Williams scoring two of their four tries.

White hat-trick guides Canada to Bowl

Disappointed to finish with two losses on day one, Canada recorded victory in the Bowl final with a 50-7 win against the Cook Islands including a hat-trick from Sean White.

They reached the final with a 32-0 win against Uganda with Mick Scholz scoring two tries in their semi final. The Cook Islands reached the final after Chad Tuoro's side won 24-12 against Papua New Guinea including a scintillating solo try from James Raea, his sixth of the Games.

Sri Lanka win the Shield

In the shield, contested by the losing Bowl quarter finalists, Sri Lanka proved too good in the final, beating Trinidad & Tobago 43-7 with captain Fazil Marija scoring 16 of their points.

Earlier they overcame Babados 34-0 to reach the final while Trinidad & Tobago defeated Malaysia 15-10.
(IRB)



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