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U.S. women’s rugby wins first Olympic match ever by 48 points

Alev Kelter

U.S. women’s rugby wins first Olympic match ever by 48 points

The U.S. women’s rugby team split its two matches on Saturday

The U.S. women’s rugby team won its first Olympic match ever by defeating Colombia, 48-0, on Saturday.

It took Alev Kelter less than a minute to score the first try of the night. Kelter scored again and Lauren Doyle and Kathryn Johnson added tries to send the U.S. into halftime leading 24-0.

There was another quick try to start the second half, with Jessica Javelet scoring less than 30 seconds after play resumed. The U.S. then scored three more tries before the final whistle. 

Saturday was the debut of Olympic rugby sevens. The sport had not been played at the Olympics since 1924, when men played the 15-a-side version of the sport. 

Earlier in the day, the U.S. lost to Fiji, 12-7. Kelter scored the only try for the U.S. in the losing effort. 

The U.S. women will return to the pitch Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET against Australia, the tournament’s top-seeded team. Australia is led by Ellia Green, who is considered the fastest woman in rugby. Watch on USA or LIVE online

If the U.S. women defeat Australia, they would be guaranteed to advance to the quarterfinals Sunday afternoon. Even if they lose to Australia, they would still be in a good position to be one of the two third-place teams from the three pools that will advance to the quarterfinals. 

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Other matches from Saturday’s afternoon session of Olympic women’s rugby:

Australia 36, Fiji 0

Canada 38, Brazil 0

Great Britain 40, Japan 0

New Zealand 31, Spain 5

France 40, Kenya 7

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