RIO 2016: Sevens gold for Australia women

RUGBY SEVENS: Australia's champion women's side has won an historic Olympic gold, beating arch rival New Zealand 24-17 at Rio's Deodoro Stadium.

Tears flowed from the winners, joy for Australia and heartbreak for the Kiwis, who stormed home late with two tries too late.

After withstanding a blistering and aggressive start from the fired-up New Zealanders, the gold medal favourites crossed twice in the first half to lead 10-5.

But after New Zealand were reduced to six players just before half-time when their gun scorer Portia Woodman (9 tries for tournament) was sin-binned for deliberately knocking down a pass to save a try, Australia wore its opponents down with some brilliant attack.

When flier Ellia Green finished off some fine attack involving Charlotte Caslick and.Emilee Cherry just after the resumption, Australia's lead was out to 17-5.

The gold was the Aussies', the first awarded to women in Olympic history, when player of the series, Caslick capped a magnificent final to score a try.

The gold is the first for an Australian women's team since Sydney 2000.

Queenslander Caslick was simply outstanding throughout the tournament along with captain Sharni Williams, Green and Emma Tonegato, who scored Australia's first try of the final.


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