New Zealand win fourth straight rugby title

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 00:15 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

New Zealand celebrated a fourth successive Commonwealth rugby sevens title with a bare-chested haka at Delhi University on Tuesday after beating Australia 24-17 in a thrilling final.

Kurt Baker sealed the victory with a late try to ensure the rugby-obsessed islands remained the only nation to have won the Commonwealth Games gold, skipping over the tryline after an explosive 70-metre run from Sherwin Stowers.

It was a closer match than most in the two-day tournament and Australia enjoyed a 17-7 lead early in the second period after James Stannard crossed the line to finish a superb move for one of the tries of the Games.