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Team USA women’s rugby sevens rebound to clobber Colombia

Rugby - Olympics: Day 1

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Kathryn Johnson of the United States dives to ground the ball to score a try during a Women’s Pool A rugby match between the United States and Colombia on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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Colombia rugby has not enjoyed the better of play in its first two matches of the Olympics in Rio, and Team USA reaped the rewards.

MORE: Full match replay

After falling 12-7 to Fiji in its women’s sevens opener, the U.S. took a huge halftime lead before cruising to a 48-0 win against Colombia on Saturday evening.

Earlier, Colombia fell to group and tournament favorites Australia by a 53-0 score.

Team USA now will face Australia on Sunday morning. Fiji plays Australia at 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

The top two from the group advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon, while the top two of three third-place teams will also advance to the bracket.

Even a loss to Australia could put the Yanks into the knockout rounds. With both Group C contenders for third boasting poor point differentials, the U.S. may advance by simply keeping it close with Australia.

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