‘Fricking amazing’: Rugby sevens gold caps Australia’s Commonwealth Games redemption

  • New generation thumps Fiji as team looks to Paris Olympics
  • Coach says players knew ‘they weren’t going to lose’ final

Bottles were popped on the Gold Coast as Australia’s newest rugby sevens stars tended to unfinished business in the Commonwealth Games on the other side of the world.

A 22-12 defeat of Fiji in the gold medal game in Coventry, just outside of host city Birmingham, on Sunday night erased the pain of an extra-time loss to New Zealand four years earlier.

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South Africa stun Fiji to win men’s rugby sevens Commonwealth gold

  • South Africa 31-7 Fiji
  • Australia women beat Fiji 22-12 for rugby gold

South Africa stunned the Olympic champions Fiji 31-7 to win men’s rugby sevens Commonwealth gold in Coventry.

First-half tries from Muller du Plessis, JC Pretorius and Shaun Williams saw South Africa surge into a 17-0 lead. Du Plessis added a second after the break and Mfundo Ndhlovu wrapped up a comfortable victory after Fiji captain Waisea Nacuqu had managed a consolation effort.

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