Another medal on the way ...

8:35 am on 9 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics -New Zealand is guaranteed another Olympic medal this morning, after the women's rugby sevens team beat Great Britain 25-7 in the semifinal.


New Zealand's Portia Woodman runs with the ball in the women’s rugby sevens semi-final match between Britain and New Zealand .

Portia Woodman scored three of the tries in the semi-final against Great Britain. Photo: AFP

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New Zealand scored three tries to Great Britain's one in the first half, including one on the stroke of half time after the British team had two players sent off for yellow card offences.

They crossed the line another two times in the second half to secure the win, with Portia Woodman having an outstanding game, scoring a hat-trick of tries.

The sevens team play Australia in the final at 10am. The New Zealanders haven't beaten the Ausralian team all season.

The semifinal win followed yesterday's medal win by shooter Natalie Rooney who won silver in the women's trap event.

Forward Huriana Manuel told Sky Sport the team had prepared specific tactics heading into the semifinal.

"We just had to take our opportunities," she said.

"We went into this game knowing England [Great Britain] is a very aggressive team up front so we just wanted to be patient, zero ruck ... and discipline is what won us the game."

Manuel said despite the recent losses, the team's heading into the gold medal match full of confidence.

"It definitely has been a while but the Olympics is different for us - we've all worked pretty hard and it's just one game of the year," she said.

"We'll definitely put everything into this game so we're looking forward to playing the Aussies."

New Zealand coach Sean Horan told Sky Sport the team just needed to be patient and believe they could win.

"The last couple of times [we've played Australia] we've been overawed with the occasion," he said.

"I think we've just got to be able to be patient with the ball, look after the ball, and in defence make sure we keep coming forward."

Ruby Tui is tackled by Great Britain's Amy Wilson Hardy in the semi-final.

Ruby Tui tackled by Great Britain's Amy Wilson Hardy in the semi-final. Photo: AFP

Portia Woodman runs past Britain's Emily Scarratt in the women’s rugby sevens semi-final.

Portia Woodman powers past Great Britain's Emily Scarratt. Photo: AFP

Portia Woodman's brother Baden Woodman told Morning Report his sister has a special talent and when gets the ball she goes for it.

"If there's an opportunity to score she's pretty hot on it," he said, though she would credit the players on the inside for "doing the hard yards" and creating space for her.