The best performance by a single USA team in the 2016 Summer Olympics has been the women’s sevens rugby team, thus far. Not a swimming relay team, not the women’s soccer team or a beach volleyball pair. Right now the best US team in Rio is the women of rugby, but if you are just figuring this out now, it’s already too late.
The gold medal match between Australia and New Zealand ended Monday evening with a blow-out victory for the Aussies. The match pitted the No. 1 (AUS) and No. 2 (ZEA) teams in the world against each other.
But possibly the most inspired performance in the inaugural Olympic competition for women’s rugby was from the red, white and blue squad. They had to play both New Zealand and the Australia on the same day, and played both teams better than any other country in the entire tournament.
First on Sunday, the Americans had to tie or beat AUS to advance from the group stages. The Aussies, through two games, had a combined scoring differential of 89-0 and New Zealand was on a 107-12 run before meeting USA in the quarterfinals. The US tied Australia 12-12, the only team besides New Zealand to score multiple tries (a try is basically a touchdown, to put into terms for the American understand) on the best team in the world, then held the world-famous All Blacks to just a single try in a 5-0 loss.
And not to mention completing the most bone shattering hit of all Olympic rugby competition thus far. Check out the absolute punishment dished out by American Kathryn Johnson.
But the play of the game came on what can basically be described as an interception across the middle and returned for a touchdown by USA’s Jessica Javelet.
Although the tournament didn’t end with a medal for the Americans, the team did go out on a high note. They played France for fifth place and absolutely dominated them, 19-5.
Forget the NFL in St. Louis, lets bring a women’s sevens rugby league to this city that’s in need of more bone crunching action.
Amid all the sexist story lines to come out of this year’s Olympics, don’t you dare say something bad about these ladies, or else.
There is a now a whole lot of pressure on the men’s sevens competition to impress the world beginning today in Rio. The Australian men and France have already played this morning, but 10 more games will commence today. All leading to the gold medal match on Thursday at 6 p.m.