The United States women Rugby sevens team has a chance to finish fifth in the first ever Rugby sevens tournament in Olympic history after a comeback win versus Fiji.
The first half saw the Fijian woman take control of the game. The USA women were put under immense pressure as Fiji kept pressing forward. Midway through the first half, Rebecca Tavo found her way across the try line to give Fiji a 7-0 lead going into the half.
After a shaky first half, the United States women rallied in the second. The Eagles swooped in on some sloppy play from Fiji and Alev Kelter found an opening in the Fijian defense for USA’s opening try of the match. The Eagles were not done. Late in the second, Richelle Stephens found a lose ball and was able to recover and carry the ball over the try line to give the United States their first lead of the match.
After some scrappy play from both sides in the closing second, the referee blows for full time, marking a tremendous second half comeback from the United States. The lady Eagles will now battle for 5th place versus France to end their historic inaugural Olympic rugby sevens tournament.