Women's rugby makes debut at Commonwealth Games

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The New Zealand women's sevens team opened their Commonwealth Games campaign last night with a thumping 45-0 win over Kenya that included a hat-trick to try-scoring machine Portia Woodman.

Any hopes South Africa might have had of making the semi-finals were well and truly dashed as the Canadians beat them 29-0 before the New Zealanders humiliated them 41-0.

NZ men's sevens captain Scott Curry.


Scotland and Wales men lost their final pool matches, to South Africa and Fiji, and face each other in one of the games to decide 5th to 8th place on Sunday.

Hosts Australia are out of medal contention after finishing behind England in pool B.

Akuila Rokolisoa, who only made the squad the previous day when Joe Webber was ruled out with injury, joined Kurt Baker, Andrew Knewstubb and Regan Ware as second-half try scorers.


Australia will play Canada, runners-up in pool A, in the semi-finals.

The women's sevens teams in Gold Coast, and also those from outside the Commonwealth, will be on display during the Canada Cup on May 12-13 at Westhills Stadium.

The Canadians' medal-round fate rested on a very hard final pool game played early this morning PDT against world No. 3 New Zealand.


The match against New Zealand was an annihilation, as the Kiwis ran the South Africans ragged.

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