Rugby powerhouse Australia together with New Zealand and Great Britain proved too much for their opponents as they clinch a semifinals berth in the sport’s debut in the Rio Olympics.
Australia finished on top of Group A with a total of eight points. The Australians managed to dominate their matches in the preliminaries against Colombia (53-0), and against Fiji (36-0). They only got strong resistance from the United States, which ended in a draw at 12-all.
In the quarterfinals, Australia blasted Spain with a 24-0 performance that set them a date against Canada in the semifinals. Like the Australians, New Zealand, and Great Britain showed that they are teams to reckon with in rugby as they all triumph against their respective adversaries. New Zealand drubbed Kenya, 52-0 then defeated Spain, 31-5 and then beat France, 26-7 to move to the quarterfinals wherein they blanked the United States, 5-0 to advance to the semifinals.
Great Britain, on the other hand, dismantled Fiji in the quarterfinals, 26-7 to advance to the next level of competition. They got into the quarterfinals after beating host Brazil, 29-3, and Japan, 40-0.
It will be an interesting semifinal round for Great Britain as they will meet New Zealand while Australia will take on Canada in the other semifinals match. The winners will then advance to the gold medal round while the losers will battle it out for the bronze medal.
Charlotte Caslick of Australia said their game against the United States was an eye-opener for them not to underestimate their opponents. She added that they should learn from their mistakes and be able to move on from there.
“We definitely learned from the first game and you have to have those games in a tournament to get better for the business end. Every team that is playing tomorrow is going to step to the next level, so we have to do that as well,” Caslick said.
Australia hopes to bounce back from their performance against the Americans and hope to pass by Canada to make it to the medal round. Though Caslick will play an important role in their quest for the gold, but having teamwork will lift Australia against adversaries in the end.
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