Aug 10

British Women’s Rugby Sevens Finish With Their Heads Held High

Inaugural Medals

Rio 2016 was the first time that women’s rugby 7s has been included as an Olympic sport. The Great Britain team has created its own little slice of Olympic history, regardless of the result, and has built on what was already a very close-knit squad. Many of the squad’s members have been playing and training together for two years now as the Rugby Football Union made the faster 7s version its priority over the 15-player game.

Price Paid For Poor Discipline

It might have been a very different story had New Zealand not been able to capitalise on some poor discipline from the GB team in the semis. At one point, the team was reduced to just five players, and a class act like the Black Ferns would not let that sort of opportunity pass, taking the match 25-7.

The time between the semi and the play-off did not seem to help with discipline, with GB picking up another yellow card against Canada in the match to decide which team takes home the final medal.

The girls won’t be advertising rugby boots for sale just yet, but they did come with the goal of taking gold, so they will be hugely disappointed to have come so close to a podium finish and the all-important medal.

Despite having beaten Canada just the day before, Great Britain was not able to rise to the occasion, and the players were just not ruthless enough, letting chance after chance slip away.

Experience to Build On

In the end, they were outpaced by some powerful teams in the final stages, and they now have some good pointers to progress after watching the world-class finalists and top two seeds from Australia and New Zealand.

The level of skill on show in this competition was phenomenal, and the Great Britain team can certainly be proud of how they worked together and showed off their own skills.

Great Britain’s ladies’ team was seeded fourth, and after some very encouraging results in the pool games, that is exactly where they finished. They will now pick themselves up and move on to the next competition after working even harder on making improvements.

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