Olympics: Australia crowned first women's rugby sevens champions

Gold medallists Australia celebrate winning the women’s rugby sevens tournament during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 8.
Gold medallists Australia celebrate winning the women’s rugby sevens tournament during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 8.PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Favourites Australia were crowned the first ever Olympic rugby sevens champions after beating New Zealand 24-17 in the final of the women's tournament in Rio on Monday.

Australia outscored the Kiwis by four tries to three, two of them crucially coming either side of half-time when star New Zealand winger Portia Woodman was in the sin bin for a deliberate knock-on.

The tournament marked the first time since 1924 that rugby has been played at the Olympics and the debut for sevens, the previous four incarnations featuring men's 15-a-side tournaments.

 

Canada won bronze after beating Britain 33-10.


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