#Rio 2016 | Recap Day 3 | Women's Sevens
Pic: World Rugby
The World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series champions and number one seeded team Australia beat rivals New Zealand in the final of the first ever Olympic sevens tournament.
On late Monday evening the Australian women’s side finished a perfect run of six unbeaten matches with a 24-17 victory.
Despite an early try for New Zealand by Kayla McAllister, the Kiwis didn’t find a way to stop the fast-paced playing Aussies. Just a few moments after the opening try, Australia’s winger Emma Tonegato equalised the score.
A defining moment came when New Zealand’s star player Portia Woodman was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on and Australia punished the additional space in defence with a try from Evania Pelite. Two more tries early on in the second half by Green and Caslick just sealed the deal for Australia. By this point a 24-5 lead was just enough to win the prestigious gold medal. New Zealand’s top scorers McAllister and Woodman added two more tries towards the end of the match but it was too little to late.
Australia and New Zealand were joined on the podium by Canada, who beat Great Britain 33-10 in the Bronze decider.
In the other play-off matches on the final day, the USA beat France for fifth place, Spain overcame Fiji for seventh, with hosts Brazil beating Japan to ninth and Kenya finishing with a win over Colombia.
Brazil's 33-5 victory over Japan secured a core team place on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series for 2016-17.
Today the men's competition kicks-off, with Australia facing France at 15:00 BST. Team GB begin their bid for a medal against Kenya at 16:00.