Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain miss out on rugby sevens final

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Great Britain’s women missed out on a place in the inaugural Olympic rugby sevens final after a 25-7 semi-final defeat by New Zealand.

GB can still claim bronze by beating Canada, who lost 17-5 to Australia in the other semi, in the third-place play-off later on Monday (22:30 BST).

They have already beaten Canada in Rio, winning 22-0 in their final group game.

New Zealand meet Australia, who pipped them to this season’s World Series, for gold at 23:00 BST on Monday.

New Zealand took an early lead through Portia Woodman’s try, but GB levelled through Alice Richardson with Katy McLean adding the conversion to put them ahead.

The Black Ferns regained the advantage through Ruby Tui, before GB were reduced to five players shortly before half-time when McLean and Amy Wilson-Hardy were sin-binned.

During their two-minute absence, Woodman added another try and Huriana Manuel then sealed a comfortable victory.


Rob Vickerman, BBC Sport rugby sevens expert on 5 live:

“GB came into this game talking about experience and confidence but take nothing away from this New Zealand side, they were clinical.”

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