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U.S. women’s rugby finishes fifth at Rio Olympics

Alev Kelter

U.S. women’s rugby finishes fifth at Rio Olympics

This was the inaugural Olympic women’s rugby sevens tournament 

The U.S. women’s rugby team defeated France 19-5 to finish fifth in the Olympic standings. 

France went into halftime leading 5-0, but the U.S. had all of the momentum after returning to the pitch. Alev Kelter scored a try for the U.S. just 15 seconds into the second half. Two minutes later, Jessica Javelet beat several French defenders down the sideline for a try. Joanne Fa’avesi extended the lead by scoring a try just moments after being substituted into the match. 

The U.S. made an impression in the inaugural Olympic women’s rugby tournament.

After losing to Fiji in their opening match, the U.S. women defeated Columbia by 48 points on Saturday.

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The next day, the U.S. squad nearly upset top-seeded Australia, and then lost to New Zealand by just one try. 

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Then on Monday the U.S. defeated Fiji,with actor Matthew McConaughey proudly wearing a “USA” shirt on the sidelines.

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The U.S. men will open against Argentina on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. ET. 

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