The women’s rugby team of Australia added another gold medal to their cause after beating neighbor New Zealand in the inaugural Rugby Sevens competition at the Rio Olympics.
Australia won the competition 24-17, making their landmark in the Olympics. They marched to the finals after beating Canada, 17-5, while New Zealand earned their trip to the gold medal round with their 25-7 victory over Great Britain.
It was a close game to call, but Australia showed character as they nailed and outscored New Zealand Black Ferns four tries to three. This has vindicated the country’s decision to invest in the program, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the sports’ inclusion for the Rio Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In the bronze medal match, Canada managed to bounce back from their setback as they stunned Great Britain, 33-10. But, despite their loss, Great Britain team captain Emily Scarratt noted that they hope to encourage more girls to take on rugby so that the sport remains in the future Olympic games.
Ghislaine Landry, who manned the back end of their team, led Canada with 18 points to secure the bronze. The win also avenged Canada’s 22-0 loss to Great Britain in the preliminaries. Reports noted that Canada were the medal favorites since they won the event in the Pan American Games, last summer. They also finished second in the World Series in 2014-15 and took third on the world circuit this season.
With the women’s rugby team of Australia doing their part in the games, the men’s team will hope to duplicate the feat as their competition start.
Australia is in Pool B, which includes South Africa, France, and Spain. Pool A consists of Fiji, Argentina, USA and Brazil while Pool C consists of New Zealand, Great Britain, Kenya, and Japan.
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