The U.S. women's rugby sevens team scored a 12-12 draw against Australia Sunday afternoon at Deodoro Stadium to close out preliminary play in Pool A with a 1-1-1 record.
The No. 1 team in the world rugby sevens series standings, Australia opened the scoring with a try at 3:42 in the first half for a 5-0 score that stood through halftime. Jessica Javelet came on for the U.S. at the start of the second half and made her presence felt, scoring a try 1:56 into the second half to level the score. Bui Baravilala tallied a conversion at 2:19 to put the U.S. up 7-5. Javelet added to the lead with her second try at 4:02 for a 12-5 score, but Australia answered in the waning seconds with a try and conversion for the 12-12 final.
With the result, the Americans finish third in Pool A and now face Pool B winner New Zealand in the quarterfinal round at 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening.