Women’s rugby semifinals set, U.S. eliminated from medal contention


The top four women’s rugby seeds—Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Great Britain—all advanced to Monday’s semifinals.

New Zealand advanced by knocking the U.S. out of medal contention during the quarterfinals on Sunday. Portia Woodman scored a try on the final play of the first half to give New Zealand a 5-0 lead.

In the second half, the U.S. failed to take advantage of New Zealand’s Tyla Nathan-Wong being sent to the sin bin for two minutes after a late tackle, and the match ended with New Zealand on top, 5-0. New Zealand did not score less than 26 points in any of its first three matches in Rio.

Earlier on Sunday, Great Britain’s Abigail Brown scored less than 15 seconds into the match against Fiji. She scored again in the second half, leading Great Britain to the 26-7 win.

France struck first and held Canada scoreless in the opening half, but Canada scored three tries after halftime to earn the victory, 15-5.

The Australians did not have any trouble against Spain, winning 24-0. Ellia Green scored a try for Australia in her return to the pitch. Green, who is considered the fastest women in rugby, was substituted out of the match earlier in the day against the U.S. after being on the receiving end of a jarring hit.

The semifinals will be held on Monday, August 8:

Women’s Rugby Semifinals

Australia vs. Canada (1:30 p.m. ET)

Great Britain vs. New Zealand (2:00 p.m. ET)

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The U.S. women will play Fiji on Monday at 1:00 p.m. ET to determine their final Olympic ranking. They can finish anywhere from fifth to eighth.

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