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Team GB win silver after Rugby Sevens Final defeat


Team GB have won silver in the inaugural Olympic Rugby Sevens after they lost 43-7 in the final against pre tournament favourites, Fiji.

Fiji, who claim their first ever Olympic medal, dominated possession, and scored five tries before the break through Jerry Tuwai, Osea Kolinisau, Leone Nakarawa, Jasa Veremalua and Vatemo Ravouvou.

Team GB, who were unbeaten heading into the final, looked stunned by the break, before the southern hemisphere side added two more second half tries before Dan Norton’s consolation for the silver medalists; Team GB’s 16th medal at this year’s games.

South Africa, who lost 7-5 to Team GB in the semi finals, claimed bronze after they thrashed Japan 54-14 in the third placed playoff.

The win for the Springboks will be particularly sweet after Japan beat them in the Rugby World Cup last year.

The Rugby Sevens have been a successful tournament, and many have praised the Olympic Committee for allowing rugby back into the games. It has also been a success for Team GB; the women’s side reached the third placed play-off, but lost to Canada, whilst the men’s team have claimed another medal.

About Dale Ventham

My name is Dale Ventham, and I am the CEO and owner at The Sports Lowdown. I enjoy writing about all levels of football, particularly in England but occasionally Europe too, and as an Oxford United fan, I also enjoy writing about the lower leagues. I am also a fan of speedway, and cover major tournaments.

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