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Australia takes Oly gold in women's rugby

  • Australia takes Oly gold in women's rugby

    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Charlotte Caslick, Chloe Dalton and Sharni Williams of Australia celebrate victory as Niall Williams of New Zealand looks dejected after the Women's Gold Medal Final Rugby Sevens match between Australia and New Zealand on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia's world-title winning team will contest the first Olympic gold medal in women's rugby after winning through to the Rio Games sevens final with a 17-5 semi-final victory over Canada.

The top-seeded Australians bounced back from a below-par day two to produce a dominant display in the semi-final at Deodoro Stadium which never gave the Canadians a sniff.

Backline linchpin Emilee Cherry scored two tries in the first half, including one after the siren, for the world series champions to take a 12-0 lead at the break.

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Chloe Dalton then started and finished a length-of-the-field play midway through the second half to assure a place in the gold final match later on Monday.

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