Team GB overcame Brazil 29-3 in their Olympic opener
Joanne Watmore’ try gave Team GB a 7-3 lead at the break
A brace from Natasha Hunt and scores from Jasmine Joyce and Emily Scott secured the win
Team GB women’s Sevens got their bid for gold off to the perfect start as they overcame hosts Brazil in Rio on Saturday.
It was the first time a rugby team has competed under the Great Britain flag but don’t let that fool you. The GB squad was stacked full of experience with SIX 15-a-side World Cup winners in their ranks.
A tight and tense start to the opening worried Team GB but they eventually took the lead when Joanne Watmore broke away to touch down. Katy McLean then added the conversion to extend the advantage to seven points.
The hosts nevertheless got straight back on the offensive. It’s energy sapping stuff with Brazil camped inside the British 22 but somehow GB’s defence can’t be broken. With the clock in red, Brazil settle for a penatly in injury time. Interestingly poised at the break, 7-3.
After the break Natasha Hunt from a quick tap and go slid under the posts for GB’s second try before single scores from Jasmine Joyce and Emily Scott confirmed the comfortable victory, 29-3.