Rio 2016: Emilee Cherry stars for Australia against Fiji
OLYMPICS: Roma girl Emilee Cherry has wasted no time making her mark on her first Olympic Games, scoring a try as Australia's quest for gold gets closer to reality.
Cherry, who is Roma's first Olympian since Denise Spencer back in 1948 (not counting Paralympics), scored the opening try against the Fijians in their second match of the pool round.
The Pearls will have played Canada in the semi-finals by early this morning (and potentially the final as well if they win), having conceded just 12 points in their first four games.
After thrashing minnows Colombia 53-0 and drawing with USA 12-all, Australia dominated Spain to ensure they have a 75% chance of winning a medal in Rio.
The Aussies lost to Canada in the final game of the world series in Clermont-Ferrand earlier in the year but had already claimed the season-long series win.
The world champions are favourites for the inaugural Olympic tournament and showed why in their quarter-final clash with Spain.
Charlotte Caslick, who scored a hat-trick in the Aussies' big pool win over Colombia, starred as the side bounced back from a 12-12 draw with USA in its final pool game earlier in the day - only drawing level with a converted try after the siren.
Australia raced into a 12-0 half-time advantage with Emma Tonegato and Caslick touching down for tries.
Caslick put the result beyond doubt after the break with an 80m try before Ellia Green showed she she picked up against the Americans scoring a strong try right on full-time.
Caslick praised the guiding influence Roma-born Cherry had on the squad at the Olympics.
She also urged her teammates to lift in the semi-finals given medals were on offer.
"I think every team that is playing for medals tomorrow will step to the next level so we have to as well,” Caslick said.
"We'll have to aim up and be physical, that's for sure, as that's what teams like Canada will do to us.”