GB Sevens join New Zealand, Fiji and France in Olympic Games semi-finals as new guaranteed champion – .

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GB Sevens join New Zealand, Fiji and France in Olympic Games semi-finals as new guaranteed champion – .


Great Britain, New Zealand, Fiji and France advance to the Olympic Rugby Sevens semi-finals after a thrilling second day at Tokyo Stadium.
Jasmine Joyce of Great Britain scored a try in each half to help her team advance to the medal semifinals with a surprise 21-12 victory over the United States. Joyce crossed both sides of an effort by Abbie Brown to give her side a 21-0 lead, which Great Britain were able to defend despite late tries from Kristi Kirshe and Naya Tapper.

France stand between Great Britain and the gold medal game after recovering from conceding the first try against China to win their quarter-final for the medal 24-10.

Although France have never faced Great Britain – neither Scotland or Wales – at this level, the Blues have faced England 18 times, winning nine including eight out of ten.

One thing is certain, there will be new Olympic champions named after the reigning Australian champions were eliminated by Fiji.

Alowesi Nakoci and Ana Maria Naimasi’s tries gave Fijians a 14-0 lead with less than four minutes, and although Faith Nathan and Charlotte Caslick crossed paths in the second half, the Australians were unable to do so. to bring back.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand favorites booked their place in the last four with a comfortable 36-0 loss to the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team. Portia Woodman has scored two of the Black Ferns Sevens’ six tries, while Michaela Blyde brought her total to six for the tournament.

Saturday’s second medal semi-final will start at 11:30 a.m. local time.

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