The all-conquering Australian women’s rugby sevens team has capped a dream year with a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this morning.
Top seeds after their dominant world series victory in May, the Pearls got off to a sluggish start against arch-rivals New Zealand who took an early lead 5-0.
But after two tries near half-time, the momentum quickly turned Australia’s way.
New Zealand countered with two late tries, but Australia had too much of a lead by then, and easily held to win 24-17.
It was the first time women’s sevens rugby has been played at the Olympics.
The win brings Australia’s overall tally to four golds: swimmer Mack Horton, the women’s 4x100m freestylers and shooter Catherine Skinner were the earlier winners.
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