Amy Wilson-Hardy scored a crucial try to help Great Britain win Pool C on day 2 of the Women’s Rugby Sevens in Rio.
The quarter-finals for the inaugural Olympic Games women’s rugby sevens competition have been confirmed after a pulsating morning session at the Deodoro Stadium.
With the top two teams from each of the three pools and the two best third-placed teams qualifying for the quarter-finals, the competition was as hot as the sweltering conditions for the final round of pool play.
Having secured their places on day one, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain confirmed top place in their respective pools with unbeaten records and are joined in the quarters by Canada, France and Fiji as well as the best third-placed sides USA and Spain.
Olympic Games women’s rugby sevens quarter-finals
Australia v Spain (17:00)
France v Canada (17:30)
Great Britain v Fiji (18:00)
New Zealand v USA (18:30)
Placing 9-12: Brazil v Colombia (16:00)
Placing 9-12: Kenya v Japan (16:30)
With Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada and Great Britain having secured their quarter-final place on day one with a match to spare, attention on a sweltering morning in Rio turned to who would top the pools and the race to secure the two best third-place spots to keep dreams of gold alive.
Australia made certain of top spot with a 12-12 win over the USA. In a highly-competitive pool, Fiji secured second place with a 36-0 victory over Colombia, while USA also made it through as one of the two best third-placed teams.
New Zealand finished top after a 26-7 win over France in their final pool match, with Portia Woodman and Kayla McAlister crossing the try-line again. France finished runners-up, while Spain also guaranteed a top eight finish with a 19-10 win over Kenya.
Brazil delighted the home crowd with a 26-10 win over Japan, their first of the competition, but it was Great Britain who claimed top place in the pool, defeating Canada 22-0 in the pool decider with captain Emily Scarratt scoring two tries.