The New Zealand Women’s sevens team have won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics after they fought back in a gutsy performance against Australia.
Australia took out gold with their 24-17 win in the final. With four minutes left on the clock New Zealand showed their fighting spirit, coming back from a 22-5 deficit to narrow the gap.
New Zealand Rugby Player Association board member and sevens captain Sarah Goss thanked everyone for their support.
Goss said “We did everything that we possibly could. Obviously we came to win gold but I’m so proud, they dug right through to the end and we’re still bringing home a silver medal for everyone back in New Zealand.”
The New Zealand team paid tribute to their supporters by performing an emotionally powerful haka.
On their way to the final New Zealand beat Great Britain 25-7 in the semi-final. In pool play they defeated USA 5-0, France 26-7, Kenya 40-7 and Spain 31-5. New Zealand players Portia Woodman and Kayla McAlister were on the top try scoring table for the Olympics with Woodman sitting in top place with 10 tries and McAlister in third with seven tries.
Canada secured the bronze medal after beating Great Britain 33-10. It was the first time sevens rugby has featured in the Olympics. New Zealand women team: Shakira Baker, Kelly Brazier, Gayle Broughton, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Sarah Goss (captain), Kayla McAlister, Huriana Manuel, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Terina Te Tamaki, Ruby Tui, Niall Williams, Portia Woodman.
We did everything that we possibly could. Obviously we came to win gold but I’m so proud, they dug right through to the end and we’re still bringing home a silver medal for everyone back in New Zealand. - Sarah Goss