The United States women’s rugby sevens team was able to make it to the women’s quarterfinal rounds and tie top seeded Australia in the previous match thanks to stellar defense played by American Kathryn Johnson when she laid a massive hit against an Australian rugby player at the very start of the game.
The game only lasts a total of 14 minutes, with it being divided in two halves of seven minutes and a two minute half time. Roughly 20 seconds into the game, Kathryn Johnson laid out a massive hit against an Australian rugby player, setting the tone for the game.
The final score of the game was 12-12, but at one point the United States was winning, 12-5, partially because of the huge hit.
The United States would go onto lose their quarterfinal match to New Zealand, a heavy favorite with a rich history of rugby.
This is the first time women’s Olympic rugby has been a part of the Olympics and is the first time since the 1924 Olympic games in Paris that rugby has been played at all.