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Olympic-sized statement: USA women’s rugby draws Australia

women's olympic rugby sevens

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Sharni Williams of Australia carries the ball under pressure against Alev Kelter of the United States during the Women’s Pool A rugby match on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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USA women’s rugby sevens team made a strong statement with a 12-12 draw with favorites Australia on Sunday, advancing to the quarterfinals.

Jessica Javelet scored a pair of tries, one on a gorgeous, long run down the right, as the U.S. came back from 5-0 to take a 12-5 lead with under three minutes to play.

But the Aussies raced down for a try and added two at the death to share the spoils.

The Yanks had a strong chance to go into half with the lead on Australia, but couldn’t convert from in-tight before the break to keep the U.S. deficit at five.

Emma Tonegato scored the lone first-half try for Australia.

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