New Zealand tears flowed on Rio’s Deodoro Stadium as their Olympic women’s sevens rugby dream was shattered by a powerhouse Australian side.
Tournament favourites Australia won the gold medal with a 24-17 win over New Zealand in a final tinged with controversy, but won by the better team. It meant silver medals for New Zealand, four and a half years after their campaign began for sevens’ first Olympic appearance under coach Sean Horan.
New Zealand were down and out at 24-5, and scored two late tries to narrow the gap when the game was all over. Portia Woodman crossed for her 10th try of the tournament on the stroke of fulltime, then sank to her knees and broke down in tears as the Australians celebrated wildly.
A great come back but not quite enough. Still a great effort to get the silver medal.