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New Zealand early winners in rugby sevens

New Zealand extends lengthy winning streak in Commonwealth Games rugby sevens

New Zealand's Scott Curry, center, and D J Forbes, left, challenge for the ball with Canada's Mike Scholz , right, and Harry Jones during the Rugby Se...
Australia's Ed Jenkins, left, and Sri Lanka's Fazil Marija challenge for the ball during the Rugby Sevens Pool D match 1 between Australia and Sri Lan...
Australia's Liam Gill, left, is stopped by Sri Lanka's Dinusha Chathuranga during the Rugby Sevens Pool D match 1 between Australia and Sri Lanka at t...

Britain Commonwealth Games

New Zealand's Scott Curry, center, and D J Forbes, left, challenge for the ball with Canada's Mike Scholz , right, and Harry Jones during the Rugby Se...

Britain Commonwealth Games

Australia's Ed Jenkins, left, and Sri Lanka's Fazil Marija challenge for the ball during the Rugby Sevens Pool D match 1 between Australia and Sri Lan...

Britain Commonwealth Games

Australia's Liam Gill, left, is stopped by Sri Lanka's Dinusha Chathuranga during the Rugby Sevens Pool D match 1 between Australia and Sri Lanka at t...

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- New Zealand extended its Commonwealth Games winning streak in rugby sevens to 26 matches with a 39-0 win Saturday over Canada to open the competition at Ibrox Stadium, the 115-year-old home of Rangers football club.

The teams met in the Glasgow final of the IRB sevens tournament in May, when New Zealand again dominated 54-7.

There were a number of other one-sided matches early Saturday in the two-day, 16-team tournament -- Wales beat Malaysia 52-0, South Africa blanked Trinidad and Tobago 36-0 and Australia defeated Sri Lanka 62-7.

More than 185,000 sevens tickets have been sold, with all medal matches sold out on Sunday.

New Zealand has won all four previous Commonwealth Games golds. Rugby sevens will debut as an Olympic sport in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro.


Updated : 2021-03-03 14:09 GMT+08:00