NZ sevens teams to fight for gold

2:21 pm on 15 April 2018

The New Zealand men's sevens team have joined the women's team in advancing to the gold medal match at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after beating England 17-12 in this afternoon's semi-finals.

Tim Mikkelson scored his 200th international try for the All Black Sevens.

Tim Mikkelson. Photo: Photosport

England were the first to score through Daniel Bibby, but the All Blacks sevens soon hit back with Regan Ware dotting down.

New Zealand scored next showing some good patience on attack, with Etene Nanai-Seturo scoring under the posts on the stroke of half-time.

Vilimoni Koroi then slotted the drop kick conversion to give the All Black sevens a 12-7 half-time lead.

2014 Glasgow Games silver medallists New Zealand were the first to dot down in tense second half with Regan Ware grabbing his second try after successive penalties, extending their lead to 17-7 with three minutes remaining.

England then re-gathered themselves and managed to hold on to possession for a decent chunk of time before scoring close to the posts to cut New Zealand's lead to 17-12 in the dying seconds.

However it wasn't enough for the English with the full-time whistle sounding soon after.

The men will face either defending Games champions South Africa or Olympic champions Fiji in the final, which starts at 5pm NZ time.

Earlier, the New Zealand women's sevens advanced to the gold medal match against hosts Australia for after comprehensively beating England 26-5 in their semi-final.

Captain Sarah Goss opened the scoring for the Black Ferns sevens with an early try, before England struck back.

Michaela Blyde scored next and Tyler Nathan-Wong nailed the drop kick conversion to give New Zealand a 12-5 lead at half-time.

The second half was a frantic affair with very few stoppages and the players looked out on the feet for large periods of play in the Gold Coast heat, where temperatures today are forecast to reach 31 degrees.

After a long passage of play and some strong defence the Black Ferns sevens showed patience on attack to put Shakira Baker over in the right hand corner and extend their advantage to 19 points to 5.

New Zealand sevens player Portia Woodman.

New Zealand sevens player Portia Woodman. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

More strong defence from the Olympic silver medallists resulted in a turnover penalty and the Black Ferns made the most of it, sending flying winger Portia Woodman down the sideline on the stroke of full-time to score the match sealing try.

Australia beat Canada 33-7 in the other semi-final to set up a trans-tasman blockbuster in the gold medal match, which kicks off at 4:39pm NZ time.