OLYMPIC GAMES – The French women’s rugby sevens team lost 26 to 12 against New Zealand this Saturday, July 31 in the final of the Olympic tournament of the Tokyo Olympics, but offered a 17th medal to the Blues in Japan .
After a good run, the French players never really worried the reigning double world champions and Olympic vice-champions in Rio.
The French had dominated the British (26-19) in the semi-finals, after having disposed of China in the quarters.
The clash for the Olympic title looked like revenge for the 2018 World Cup final, which saw the New Zealand women thrash France 29-0.
France was not unworthy but the “Black Ferns” were too strong
The French septists, constantly improving since their sixth place in Rio and their fourth place on the last world circuit, had reason to hope, thanks to an iron motivation and fiery wings, combined with a good dose of confidence born from their very successful qualifying tournament in mid-June.
New Zealand’s “Black Ferns”, on the other hand, appeared to suffer in their semi-final against Fiji and snatched a 22-7 victory after extra time.
But the New Zealanders quickly settled into the French half of the field and scored a first try in the first minute. The French were not unworthy, stifling in their solid defense part of the attacks of their opponents, but the level difference was quickly felt, until it could no longer be filled.
The bronze medal goes to the Fijians, who beat Great Britain.
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