Quarter-finals of the women’s rugby sevens at Rio 2016 underway
Australia overcame Spain 24-0 to book their spot in the semi-final
The Aussies will face either Canada or France in the final four
Gold medal favourites Australia are the first women’s team to book their place in the semi-final after overcoming Spain in Rio on Sunday night.
The Aussies now must wait to find out who they will face in the final four as Canada and France clash later tonight.
Australia were keen to get their tournament back on track following their 12-12 draw earlier in the day against the USA and immediately camp themselves inside the Spanish 22.
Emma Tonegato had the first opportunity to score but a fantastic try saving tackle from Barbara Pla sends the ball into touch.
It was wave after wave of Australian attack and eventually the Spanish defence was broken. A sweeping move from left to right was finished off by Tonegato in the corner – her sixth try of the tournament.
The girls in yellow continued to be relentless in attack and they were soon rewarded thanks to a wonderful solo run from Charlotte Caslick. Holding the ball in two hands, the centre weaved between three defenders to sprint over from the 10m line.
Chloe Dalton then converted to give the Aussies a 12-0 lead at the break.
After a period of pressure inside the Aussie 22, Caslick picked the ball up, burst through a tackle and was off to the races, running the best part of 90m to score. Dalton then converted to edge the girls in yellow further ahead, 19-0.
Ellie Green then put the exclaimation point on the Australian victory, bouncing off a tackle before sprinting away to score, 24-0.