NZ sevens teams chase Comm Games gold

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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.

NZ men's sevens captain Scott Curry.

In the opening rugby match of the Games, Canada scored within the first minute when South Africa fumbled the ball from the kick-off.

With only the top side in each pool qualifying for the tournament semi-finals, this was a make or break clash for both sides.

Joe Webber, who was a member of the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medal winning team, has withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

Despite the loss to the Kiwis, Canada qualified for the medal round and will play an opponent to be determined today in a semifinal at 6 p.m. PDT.

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.

Scotland's men beat Papua New Guinea and Malaysia without conceding a point before losing 26-5 to South Africa in the final match of Saturday's programme, while Wales, having beaten Uganda and Sri Lanka, lost 21-17 against the Fijians.

New Zealand will play England for a place in the gold medal match, after England finished second in pool B behind hosts Australia.

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