The step was too high, but the blue still holds a medal around the neck. The French women’s rugby sevens team lost this Saturday to the New Zealand players in the final (26-12). The French have won the silver medal five years after finishing sixth in Rio, and the 17th beauty for the tricolor.
From the beginning of the meeting, the New Zealand women, in their traditional black jersey, led the discussions. Blythe’s first attempt allowed them to take advantage of the current Olympic co – champions (7-0), who will never lose. Despite Caroline Druin’s unrealized effort, the French, most of the time in their camp, faced counter-attacks and were trailing at half-time (19-5).
In the first seconds of the second act, Anne-Cecil Siophony gave the Frenchmen a little confidence, scoring the fifth attempt of the encounter, allowing the Blue New Zealand women to return to the seven lengths (19-12). Short-term hope. Within three minutes of the end of the match, Tyla Nathan-Wong’s test drive for the “All Blocks” (26-12) sent the New Zealand women to the top of the stage.
Les Blues, leaving tears in the final whistle, finished second in the match.
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