Final fightback not quite enough
A THRILLING Aussie comeback that sent the final into overtime wasn’t enough for the Australian women’s sevens team to triumph after Kiwi speedster Kelly Brazier raced 80 metres to literally score a golden-point try at Robina Stadium.
The Aussies trailed 12-0 at half-time after a frazzled opening period but tries to Emilee Cherry and Ellia Green (pictured) saw the scores locked up as the final hooter sounded.
Rookie Cassie Staples had a Greg Inglis-style brain-fade and kicked the ball out as Australia attacked after the siren, presumably thinking the Aussies had kicked the conversion to Green’s try and were leading.
They weren’t and the game went into extra time, with the first try literally becoming a golden point.
In a hugely tense, back-andforth five minutes, the Aussies looked to have sealed it when Vani Pelite raced away.
But with everyone hugely fatigued, Pelite didn’t have the legs and she was dragged down in one of several critical try-saving tackles by the Kiwis.
The New Zealanders turned the ball over with a penalty and two steps was all it took for Brazier to find half-a-gap and sprint away.
It was one of those epic games where both teams deserved to win a gold medal, and luckily silver is no small prize itself.
This was the first ever Commonwealth Games featuring women’s sevens and no-one will be able to say it wasn’t a hardearned – and hugely entertaining – gold medal victory by New Zealand.
Earlier the Australian men beat Scotland to secure fifth.
New Zealand’s men emulated their female counterparts by winning gold in the sevens, shutting out Rio gold medallists Fiji 14-0.