New Zealand won their fourth successive Commonwealth Games gold medal, beating Australia 24-17 in the final of the 2010 Games in Delhi.
It was an enthralling climax to the second day of competition which also saw South Africa win bronze, Samoa win the Plate and Papua New Guinea deservedly collect some silverware, defeating Canada 17-10 in the Bowl final.
Only as they can! New Zealand celebrates traditionally with the Haka (Pic: Mike Miller via TwitPic)
Australia’s silver medal is their first since 1998 and although they will be disappointed, the medal caps a successful year, with Michael O’Connor’s side winning their first leg on the World Series since 2002 at the 2010 London Sevens.
The IRB’s Mike Miller shared this picture of Australia after the medals ceremony (Pic: Mike Miller via TwitPics)
In the bronze medal match, South Africa‘s BlitzBokke dramatically claimed their first medal since 2002, beating England 17-14 having trailed 14-5 at half time.
South Africa won the Bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games (Pic: Mike Miller via TwitPics)
Bernardo Botha scored the opening try of the match but converted tries from Matthew Turner and Dan Caprice gave the 2006 silver medallists the lead going into the interval of the penultimate match in the competition.
Cecil Afrika and Lubabalo Mtembu clinched the title in a nervy second half, however, as Paul Treu’s men held firm to deny the efforts of the spirited Ben Gollings at the death to claim a historic bronze medal.
Medal Ceremony (Left: Australia Center: New Zealand Right: SA) Pic: Mike Miller via TwitPics