Olympics-Australia win women's rugby, France take men's gold

Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:51am EDT
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NANJING China (Reuters) - Unbeaten Australia claimed women's rugby sevens gold in the sport's debut at the Youth Olympic Games on Wednesday after a hat-trick from flying winger Dominique du Toit helped them to a 38-10 win over Canada.

In the men's tournament, France scored three late tries to record a comfortable 45-22 win over Argentina.

“We knew that we were just about to make history, whether it be a silver or a gold, but we were so hungry for that gold medal and we’ve just made history," said Australia's Tiana Penitani.

Du Toit scored her first try after less than a minute, finishing off a sweeping move across the pitch to touch down, but Penitani was then yellow carded for an infringement in the eighth minute.

Canada, who stunned hosts China in the semi-finals, took full advantage of their numerical superiority and got back on level terms at 5-5 through Charity Williams' try.

The tables were turned on Canada shortly afterwards, however, as Williams was then yellow carded and Du Toit scored her second try and Australia went in 12-5 up at half-time.

Australia put the game away at the start of the second half with tries from Tayla Stanford and Du Toit, her third, before Penitani and Marioulla Belessis capped the scoring late on.

“I never dreamed of a hat-trick,” said Du Toit. “We knew how strong the Canadians were. We are not the biggest girls but speed and skill was what we relied on."

Canada coach John Tait lamented his side's unforced errors.   Continued...