Commonwealth Games: Black Ferns Sevens hero Kelly Brazier bashful over gold medal-winning try

  • 15/04/2018

Black Ferns Sevens' Kelly Brazier's gold medal-winning try against Australia at the Commonwealth Games came from pure exhaustion.

With the score all locked up at 12-12 and the clock winding down in the first period of extra time, Brazier collected the ball near her own 22-metre line, jinked past her defender and sprinted 80 metres to the try line for the New Zealand win.

The result meant New Zealand were crowned the first ever women's rugby sevens champions at the Commonwealth Games.

Despite scoring the try that sealed the gold medal, Brazier was just relieved for the game to be over and credited her teammates for their work in the lead-up.

"I was just thinking, to be honest, the time was up on the clock and I was not keen on playing another five minutes of extra time," she told Newshub.

"I just looked over to our skipper and she just gave me the nod to tap it on that penalty and when that hole opened up I was just like 'it's now or never', and the old legs got me over in the end.

"We'll put it down to the girls' defence, if it wasn't for Niall probably chasing back, we wouldn't have turned that ball over so the defence by the girls was just amazing, and defence is what wins games."

Having been beaten to the gold medal at the Rio Olympics two years ago, the Black Ferns had been eyeing the Gold Coast as an opportunity to get one over the Australians.

Brazier is proud of the way the squad responded from that loss, especially in front of their family.

"The girls were gutted, and ever since then we've wanted to come here and get the gold - so to do that and overcome what we've had over the last few weeks is special and full credit to our whole squad," she told Newshub.

"I had about 20 of my family members who made the trip from Dunedin, and my partner and her family from Tauranga, and I actually have a few family members in Perth so I think had about 30 all up which is pretty cool.

"We obviously don't play close to home, so to be on the Gold Coast and have that amount of Kiwi support was just massive and to hear Mum yelling in the crowd is something I won't forget for a long time.

"It's always hard to beat Australia and on home soil and with that amount of support - so like said, I won't be forgetting that one any time soon."