Rugby Sevens Tokyo OIympic Games 2020: Women's Tournament day two live blog and results

Fri, 30/07/2021, 10:47 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Aussie 7s Women off to a hot start with two dominant wins over Japan and China at the Tokyo Olympics

Australia will be looking to continue their strong start as they turn their attention to the finals.

The defending gold-medalists got their campaign off to the ideal start after dominant wins over Japan and China, however, need to defeat the USA to top their group.

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Meanwhile, the likes of New Zealand and Canada will be hoping for better showings after less than ideal performances to finish off the day.

FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION FROM DAY ONE BELOW IN OUR LIVE BLOG

20:30 - FRANCE HOLD OFF CHINA

France will meet Great Britain in the semi-finals after defeating China 24-10

China shocked France with a quick try through Minglin Tang.

However, the French hit straight back as Seraphine Okemba won the race for the ball to gift them the lead.

Caroline Drouin would pad out the margin to a converted try at the break.

As China looked for an avenue to come back with some tough defence, France would score twice in three minutes to secure the win

20:00 - GREAT BRITAIN 21 - 12 USA

Great Britain have held off a fast-finishing USA 21-12

Jasmine Joyce continued her strong tournament as she stunned the USA, scoring after 45 seconds, with Abbie Brown spinning over minutes later as they held the lead until the break.

Joyce nabbed her second try as GB controlled possession throughout the start of the second half.

Whilst America hit back through Kirsti Kirshe and Naya Tapper, it was too little, too late as Great Britain secured the semi-final berth.

19:30 - FIJI HOLD OFF AUSTRALIA

Fiji have knocked out defending gold medalist Australia 14-12.

13': Charlotte Caslick scores late as Australia refuses to give up

11': Australia push for their second try but Fiji find a way to hold them out

7': Faith Nathan takes advantage of the overlap as Australia reduces the margin to seven at the break

5': Vasiti Solikoviti sees yellow for a high tackle

3': Fiji extend the margin as Ana Maria Naimai crosses the line

2': Fiji open the scoring via Alowesi Nakoci

Sariah Paki returns to the 12-women side, replacing Dom Du Toit

18:55 - ANOTHER DELAY

The weather continues to play havoc as thunderstorms approach the stadium, forcing a delay in play

Play will not start until after 7:30 pm

18:30 - NEW ZEALAND STROLL TO SEMI-FINAL WIN

New Zealand have strolled into the semis with a 36-0 win over ROC

Fresh off their thumping win over their opposition a couple of hours ago, New Zealand picked up where they left off as they scores after just 45 seconds.

Two more tries helped them to a 17-0 lead at half-time.

Portia Woodman showed her class as she made something out of nothing from her own 22 to extend their lead, with Michaela Blyde scoring shortly afterwards.

Woodman sealed the win on a siren as they cruised into the semi-finals.

18:00 - KENYA PULL OFF THRILLING WIN

Kenya have pulled off an incredible 21-17 comeback win over Japan

Grace Okulu answered straight back for Kenya after the hosts opened the scoring via Wakaba Hara.

Sinaida Omondi burst away on the siren as Kenya took a 14-5 lead into the break.

Japan hit back through Mifiyu Koide as she pounced on a kick in the corner, shortly followed over by Marin Kajiri to snatch the lead.

Pushing for the victory, Kenya found a way over the line a minute after the siren had sounded to win the game and break the spirits of the Japanese

17:30 - CANADA THUMP BRAZIL

Canada have thumped Brazil 45-0 thanks to a hat-trick to Charity Williams

A yellow card to Leila Dos Santos Silva put Brazil on the back foot, with Charity Williams taking advantage of the extra space with a nice forward roll try.

She would add to her tally as Canada strolled to a 17-0 half-time lead.

Britt Benn strolled over after the break as the Canadians dominated after the break, scoring just two phases after the restart.

Williams completed her hat-trick as they cruised to victory

14:30 - QUARTERFINALS SET FOR THIS EVENING

The quarter-finals are set in place for the women's competition.

Australia will face off against ROC, with the winner taking on either New Zealand and ROC.

In the other quarter-finals, USA will play Great Britain after knocking off Australia whilst France take on surprise packets China.

QUARTER-FINALS:

QF 1: New Zealand vs Russia (18:30)

QF 2: Fiji vs Australia (19:00)

QF 3: Great Britain vs USA (19:30)

QF 4 France vs China (20:00)

14:00 - NZ CRUISE TO WIN OVER ROC

New Zealand has cruised to a 33-0 victory over ROC, with both teams qualifying for the finals.

ROC entered the game needing to loss by less than 44 points to knock out Canada and qualify as one of the two highest-ranked 3rd place teams.

However, New Zealand were unfazed by the break in play, taking a quick lead and extended it towards half-time thanks to a double to Ruby Tui.

Portia Woodman quickly got on the board just 40 seconds after the break, with Stacey Fluhler scoring a double with three minutes to go.

With Russian needing to maintain their for and against, they would hold onto the ball to secure their spot in the finals.

12:30 - COMPETITION DELAYED

The action has been delayed due to inclement weather.

New Zealand's clash with ROC was the remaining group stages match before the finals were set to kick off in the evening.

UPDATE: COMPETITION WILL RESUME FROM 2:00 PM

12:00 - GREAT BRITAIN CRUISE TO VICTORY OVER KENYA

Great Britain has cruised to a 31-0 win over Kenya

They got off to a perfect start thanks to a double to Jasmine Joyce, taking a 17-0 lead into the break.

Megan Jones and Lisa Thomson extend the advantage with a runaway try as they cruised to victory.

11:30 - USA UPSET AUSTRALIA

The USA have handed Australia their first loss in Olympic Sevens, closing out a 14-12 win.

12': America hit the front through Abby Gustaitis

10': Cheta Emba reduces the margin to five for the US.

9': Demi Hayes turns defence into attack as she runs 80 metres to extend the lead

6': Williams goes herself, bursting through the line to score under the posts

5': Sharni Williams puts Tonegato into space, but she drops the ball fresh onto the field

4': Physical start so far as Australia show some strong defence against USA

ALYSIA LEFAU-FAKAOSILEA IN THE 12-WOMEN SQUAD FOR SARIAH PAKI

11:00 - CHINA BOOK FINALS SPOT

China have remarkably qualified for the finals after thumping Japan 29-0

Needing to win by more than 18 to qualify, China got off to a flyer with two quick tries.

Xiaoyan Xu finished off her double before the break as they pushed for a finals berth.

Minglin Tang crossed after the break to extend the lead, with Feifei Yang scoring with just 35 seconds remaining to secure their finals berth.

10:30 - FRANCE TAKE POOL B WITH DOMINANT WIN

France have sent a warning to the rest of the competition, dominating Canada 31-0

They opened the defending bronze medalists up early as Seraphine Okemba broke through a couple of defenders as they raced out to a 12-0 lead.

Jade Utulute burst away on the bell to extend the margin to 19 points at the break.

Carla Neisen fooled the defence with a nice dummy after the break as France produced a statement victory over Canada

10:00 - ULUNIASU MAKES HISTORY AS SHE POWERS FIJI TO VICTORY

A four-try haul to Repai Uluniasu, the first in Olympic history, has powered Fiji to a 41-5 win over Brazil

Brazil and Bianca Silva stunned Fiji early as she burst away for the first try of the day.

However, Fiji came into day two full of confidence and showed little signs of concern as they scored twice in a minute, leading 19-5 at the break.

Uluniasu would further torment the Brazilians in the second half, bring up two more tries to add to her incredible tally and secure the easy victory

WHEN DO AUSTRALIA PLAY IN THE RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC GAMES?

The Women's Sevens side will take the field in their quarter-final against Fiji at 7:00 pm (AEST).

This comes after they finished second in the group following their two-point loss to the USA.

If they win, a clash with either New Zealand or ROC awaits.

WHAT CHANNEL IS AUSTRALIA'S RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC GAMES ON?

Australia's quarter-final against Fiji will be shown across the Seven network at 7:00 pm

It will follow the first quarter-final between New Zealand and ROC.

HOW TO WATCH THE TOKYO OLYMPICS RUGBY SEVENS?

The Seven Network has exclusive rights to broadcast every event of the Tokyo Olympics in Australia. 

Events, including every game of the Rugby Sevens, will be shown on television across their three respective channels: 7, 7TWO, and 7mate. 

They will also be live streaming their televised events via 7+ which will have a dedicated Olympics channel that can be accessed online or via the app.

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