U.S. women's rugby ties with top-seeded Australia
The U.S. women's rugby team tied with top-seeded Australia, 12-12, on Sunday. Both teams finished high enough in Pool A to advance to the quarterfinals.
Australia went into halftime leading 5-0, despite losing Ellia Green, who is considered the fastest woman in rugby, when she was injured by a high hit about 30 seconds into the match. She did not return.
Jessica Javelet gave the U.S. all of its offense, using her speed to score back-to-back tries midway through the second half. But on the final play of the match, Australia scored a try and a conversion to tie the score and prevent the upset.
This is the inaugural Olympic women's rugby sevens tournament. The sport was last played at the Olympics in 1924, when the men played the 15-a-side version of the sport.
The quarterfinals will begin tonight (Sunday, August 7):
Women’s Rugby Quarterfinals
Australia vs. Spain (4:00 p.m. ET)
France vs. Canada (4:30 p.m. ET)
Great Britain vs. Fiji (5:00 p.m. ET)
New Zealand vs. USA (5:30 p.m. ET)