Tremendous valor to have taken second place and have to dance the haka in respect for their Moari ancestors as they danced through tears and heart break. Can’t wait to see them in Tokyo!

The disappointment was clear on the faces of the team, many of whom had tears flowing down their faces as they performed the traditional moves.

They had won the silver medal, and many viewers’ hearts.

It was a tender end to a physical match, that had seen the Australian favourites romp home 24-17.

Kiwi captain Sarah Goss said she was “pretty gutted” after her team’s loss.

“We came out here to win a gold medal and we are bringing back a silver. But silver’s still good in New Zealand’s eyes and we hope we have done them proud,” she said.

New Zealand coach Sean Horan said the game came down to a few defining moments, when the Australians pounced.

“There were some defining calls that swung the game a little bit,” he said.

“We started off really well and showed the physical side and it was one of those things. We just ran out of time. I’m really proud of the girls.”

Canada took the bronze medal after thrashing Great Britain 33-10 in the third-place playoff.



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