There were two minutes left to go on the clock.
The score was 15 – 12. Canada – the world’s third best rugby team – was in the lead. And it looked like they were going to win the three-game rugby sevens tournament against our Australian girls.
The Aussie girls had lost the first game against the Canadians, but won the second match – so it was all down to what was going to happen in the third match.
And, as it turned out, what was going to happen in that final two minutes.
Ellia Green, an Australian winger, hadn’t been happy with her performance during the game, and knew that it was time to do something spectacular.
So with mere seconds left on the clock, she got hold of the ball – and ran 75 metres to score a try, bringing the lead 17-15.
It’s one of the most epic tries ever been scored in women’s rugby. And it’s had nearly 200,000 views so far.
You can see the video of that try below:
Needless to say, the girls walked away as tournament winners – which puts them in an excellent position for the 2014-15 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, which kicks off on 4-5 December in Dubai.
From there, the team will be travelling to Brazil and Atlanta (USA) in February, Canada in April and London and Amsterdam in May.
The top four teams from the series will end up going to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Last year, our Aussie girls finished second in the series – four points behind New Zealand.
I had a chat to Ellia – champion try-scorer of the year – to ask not only about last weekend’s game, but about all the games coming up.
Here’s what she told me:
How did it feel to score that try over the weekend?
Good, good, it was a really good feeling. To be honest, at the time, I didn’t notice it was so close to the end – I didn’t really pay attention to the score board or the clock. I hadn’t really done anything spectacular that match and I was just thinking, I better do something good. Seeing it go over the line and hearing the Aussie crowd cheering was just amazing! So I’m so thankful for that.
How did you get into rugby?
My mum put me in the little athletics when I was little. So I was into sprinting for about 10 years, and it was my dream to be in the Olympic games as a 100 and 200m sprinter – and then my cousins told me about rugby sevens, so I went to a trial. I hadn’t played a game of sevens before, and they put me in the team and I was petrified! I called my mum and was like, “they want me to play a game and I don’t know what to they want me to do!” And she just said, “run and don’t let anybody catch you.”