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U.S. Women's Rugby Sevens Team Finishes Fifth In Inaugural Olympic Competition

By Craig Bohnert | Aug. 08, 2016, 5:39 p.m. (ET)

Members of the U.S. women's rugby team celebrate their victory against France at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Deodoro Stadium on Aug. 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. 


The U.S. women's rugby sevens defeated France 19-5 Monday evening to claim fifth place in the sport's inaugural Olympic Games tournament.

Trailing 5-0 at halftime, the Americans rolled in the second half. Alev Kelter scored a try and conversion in the first minute of the half to put the U.S. on top to stay, 7-5. Jessica Javelet added a try at 2:28 to make the score 12-5, followed by a Joanne Fa'avesi try at 4:09 and a conversion from Richelle Stephens at 4:25 to close out the scoring.

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