Rio Olympics 2016: GB men beat New Zealand - face Argentina in quarters

Ross Houston
August 13, 2016

Starting as fourth favourites to be crowned the first Olympic rugby sevens champions, Watson and company's opening display will have informed their rivals that they mean business in Brazil. A lone try in the match was by Billy Odhiambo.

Japan take on Fiji later this evening and a victory would ensure a silver medal at worst.

"The other (Japanese) athletes at the hotel had never heard of rugby, they thought we were just walking around the athletes' village".

They are slated to go toe-to-toe against South Africa in the last four on Thursday, August 11.

Ryan laid out the team's sole aim for Rio - and it's not a modest one.


"We'd like to have all our great players at the Olympics to try win the gold medal but that's not guaranteed either and we still want to win test matches and that's not guaranteed".

The U.S. men conceded a last-minute try in a 17-14 loss to Argentina in their first match and rebounded with a 26-0 win over Brazil, leaving plenty on the line Wednesday when the Americans play Fiji.

The Fijians have always been the entertainers in sevens rugby, admired for their preference to run the ball from deep inside their own territory and waving the ball around with one hand looking for any chance to unload it with an unorthodox pass. "We can do well here, enjoy ourselves, and then take that confidence back to our clubs as well".

Lemeki compared the win in Rio with Japans big victory at the 15s World Cup in England past year.

"We have the prospect of mouth-watering semi-finals tomorrow and I am sure that the world's top men's players will not disappoint as we will crown our first men's rugby Olympic champions in 92 years".


'We're really big on family, ' said Quirk. "Everybody's a household name".

"In our little bubble in the Pacific, the pressure's on them every single day".

The Fiji Football team which lost to Germany by 10-0 will arrive in Rio just before the 7s final and arrangements have been made for some of the football team members to go to the 7s competition as they have been based in Salvador for the football competition. "They're not getting pressure they're not used to". "Charlotte is the flawless role model for the game and she's shown that by how she goes about her sport", he said.

"I could talk to him about why we had a two-man lineout in defence and he'll give me some rugby knowledge. It's great. It's the people's team".

Savea's decision to leave the sevens setup proved fruitful however, as he impressed for the All Blacks against Wales in June, while he also helped the Hurricanes to a maiden Super Rugby title.


Japan pulled off a huge upset to get New Zealand's Olympic men's rugby sevens campaign off to a losing start at Rio 2016 on Tuesday. "There are a lot of distractions that can affect the team", said Otieno.

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