With everything to play for on day two, we got all the reaction from pitchside at the Deodoro Stadium.



Australia took on Spain in the first quarter-final and despite a resilient effort, Australia came out on top, 24-0.

Double try scorer Charlotte Caslick said: “I think the quarter-final is a real important game in any tournament. To get through that one in this different format is really good. We have to get up for the semi now, which is the first game of the day and is usually a tough one to get up for.

“It’s definitely getting to the business end of the tournament. I’m a little bit sad that in 24 hours it might be all over. Regardless of who we play it’s going to be a physical game in the morning and we really have to bring it.”

Spain's Patricia Garcia admitted the best team won on the day, but rued an opportunity that went begging after Barbara Pla knocked on in the in-goal area. 

“Well that would have been important in turning the game – this is sevens and details count a lot. We didn’t get it this time but maybe next time. We were happy to make the quarter-finals. We haven’t been playing well at all, but I think our rugby was better in this game.” 

The next quarter-final saw Canada beat France 15-5 in a tense match that was only decided in the final minutes. Ashley Steacy, whose sister-in-law Heather will compete in the hammer throw at Rio 2016, insisted it was all down to sticking to their game plan.

“We never doubted it, not for a second. We have a saying 'believe you belong'. We really believed out there and it showed. We were gritty and tenacious, they scored on us once but we believed the whole time that we could do it. We took this morning’s loss to Team GB as a lesson and a wake-up call. We’ve had a few of those this year – it’s not how we wanted it to go and it lit a fire under us.”

For France coach David Courteix, it was a disappointing way to drop out of medal contention. 

"It's a game that sums up what we are. I think there was a lot of heart, a lot of commitment, but a lack of control. Sevens is a small, short film because it goes very quickly. It's a small script that is created like the game. As long as we have our hands on the script, we are given opportunities to win. Unfortunately, when the scenario escapes you, it's game over."

Their captain Fanny Horta was equally disappointed: "As in many tournaments, we had the opportunity to win a quarter-final and we didn't ... that remains our big problem. Even with the best will in the world, we have to work hard to manage these phases that require a lot of concentration, very few mistakes and play as simply as possible."

Great Britain's Danielle Waterman was happy with her side's win against Fiji in the third quarter-final.

"The girls worked unbelievably hard in the first seven minutes and put three scores on the board. It was a great team performance and we’ve built as we’ve gone through the tournament and now we’re looking forward to a semi-final.

“I think the (Olympic) format has really suited us, it’s given us time to reflect, to build, to look at our processes and to recover. The team are all in really good shape which is great, but we have a really big game tomorrow.”

Chris Cracknell praised his Fijiana charges after their loss to Team GB. “I’m unbelievably proud of the girls. They left nothing out there. If it wasn’t for the bounce of a few balls it could have been a difference scenario but that’s rugby. GB are a fantastic side and have been together a long time … we didn’t quite take our opportunities but that’s the way it goes.” 

Speaking after the last quarter-final, New Zealand captain Sarah Goss was relieved the team had come through their close match against the USA.

“It's a huge relief after that game to be in the semis, we knew the USA would be like that. They have put in a lot of work and they showed us every game would be hard, and that was.

“I am looking forward to any semi-final, obviously you get a chance to put yourself in a medal position and that’s exactly what we are going out there to do. It would be huge to make the final and then hopefully win a gold medal.”

Pool stages

Earlier in the day, France's Elodie Guiglion was upbeat despite their loss to New Zealand in the Pool B decider.

"New Zealand are the top team on the world series circuit, along with the Australians. Against these teams we put a strategy in place and if we don't follow it to the letter, we get punished for our errors. I must say they are a great team with some great individuals. We let it slip, we lost the match but now the most important match is the quarter-final."

Brazil, meanwhile, ignited the crowd at the Deodoro Stadium when they recorded their first Olympic win by beating Japan 26-10. Beatriz Futuro Muhlbauer, the only player in the team from Rio, enjoyed the win. 

“It was awesome, it was magic. We had a tough game to be honest. We lost one player and they scored two tries. We were trying to get more than 30 points but we knew that would be tough against a team like Japan. The home advantage was amazing. It was like having an extra person out there on the pitch. It couldn’t be better.”

In what was something of a surprise on day two in Rio, Canada were easily beaten 22-0 by Great Britain in their Pool C decider and coach John Tait understandly wasn't happy with his side's performance.

“We were turned over too easily, we dropped ball and we had good position in the first half and didn’t capitalise on that. They (Team GB) are a good team and they turn mistakes into tries.

“I’m not sure why that happened, sometimes in these competitions a bit of momentum and then you’re under pressure. But we’ve rebounded from these games before and we’ll need a better start in the quarters.”

Team GB try scorer Amy Wilson-Hardy praised her side's physicality after the match. “Hard graft won the game for us and we won the physical battle to get the victory. I’d like to think that we put a lot of pressure on and we defended really well against them and created some great scoring opportunities."

Colombia may not have scored a point in the competition yet, but Nathalie Marchino side was glad to see some improvement in their play from day one to keep the profile of the sport high in the country. 

“We’re all really happy with the (Olympic) experience, it’s been unbelievable. Obviously we’re at one of the most professional events and we’re a team that doesn’t get to participate in these type of events so it’s been incredible.

“As far as rugby is concerned, we’re obviously disappointed with the results, but I think we played a lot better today than we did yesterday. I think we were a little shell-shocked on day one, so are glad to see some improvements.

“We’re getting a lot of support from people back in Colombia who had never heard of the sport. It’s definitely helping to grow interest, and we’re getting a lot of messages on social media, so it’s definitely been a lot of fun.”