GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Kelly Brazier ran almost 60 meters to score in the corner in sudden-death extra time to beat Olympic champions Australia 17-12 and clinch the first Commonwealth Games women’s sevens gold medal at Robina Stadium in Gold Coast on Sunday.
New Zealand had opened up a 12-0 halftime lead after tries to Portia Woodman and Michaela Blyde before the Australians came storming back in the second half.
Emilee Cherry exploited some poor tackling close to the line before Ellia Green outpaced the cover defense to level the scores and send it into extra time.
The Australians, who had won the first Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016 and dominated this season’s women’s sevens series, had been heavy favorites heading into the final between the trans-Tasman rivals.
The two sides had also met in the final of the Rio Olympics, with the Australians claiming the gold.
England had earlier won both bronze medals with the men beating Glasgow Games champions South Africa 21-14 while the women beat Canada 24-19.
Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by John O’Brien