Rio 2016: Stars come to the fore as final four decided in women's Sevens

The cream rose to the top on day two of the women's Rugby Sevens in Rio, with Australia and Team GB impressing on their way to semi-finals

Rio 2016: Stars come to the fore as final four decided in women's Sevens
Team GB in action against Fiji (image via: telegraph.co.uk)

Following a historical opening day on Saturday as Rugby Sevens made their Olympic debut, the women returned for day two battling it out to claim a spot in the final four. 

The end of pool play saw the favourites all progress to quarter-final stage, with the Team GB's 22-0 triumph over Canada in their final group fixture the standout performance of the round. 

The teams then came back in the evening session for the quarter-finals, with the favourites all progressing which sets up some mouthwatering semi-final action on Monday. 

Caslick shines for Australians who set up Canada semi-final

In the first of the quarter-finals, Pool A winners Australia lived up to their favourites tag with a 24-0 win over Spain.

Charlotte Caslick was the star of the show, scoring a brace of tries, while Ellia Green added some gloss to the scoreline with a stunning individual score which started inside her own half. 

Charlotte Caslick in action in Rio (image via: David Rogers/Getty)

The Australians will face Canada, after they fought back to beat an ever-improving French side. 

Jade Le Pesq orchestrated an astonishing first try, somehow manipulating her body to dive over in the corner for the French, only for Canada to hit back just before the break through Kayla Maleschi who broke free from deep to draw the sides level at 5-5. 

Territorial dominance finally told for Canada in the second-half, as they added tries through Bianca Farrella and Ghislaine Landry to claim the 15-5 victory, putting them one win away from an Olympic medal. 

Brits beat Fijiana to set up semi against Woodman-inspired Kiwis

After topping Pool C with their solid victory over Canada earlier in the day, Team GB made the perfect start to their quarter-final against Fiji, scoring straight from the opening kickoff through Abbie Brown to take an early 7-0 lead. 

Fiji responded well though, and Chris Cracknell's side became the first to score a try this week against Great Britain, when Litia Naiqato powered through a challenge close to the line to dot down under the sticks. 

Team GB then turned on the style just prior to half-time, scoring a pair of quickfire tries to take control of the match. The first five-pointer belonged to Alice Richardson who collected a perfect offload from Joanne Watmore to touch down, before the provider became the scorer when Watmore got a try of her own following a Fijian mistake close to their own line. 

Taking a 19-7 lead into the second-half, GB's excellent game management allowed them to see out the second period with few worries, added a fourth try through Brown late-on to secure the 26-7 victory. 

Great Britain's semi-final opponents are New Zealand, who somehow managed to see off the spirited challenge of the United States despite having six players for a short while in the second-half.

Portia Woodman in action for New Zealand (image via: zimbio)
Portia Woodman in action for New Zealand (image via: zimbio)

A tight opening seven minutes saw the sides locked at 0-0, before a knock-on by the US winger allowed New Zealand's star player Portia Woodman to race away for what turned out to be the game winner.

The Pool B winners were then put under extreme pressure in the second-half and even managed to survive a two-minute period with six players following Tyla Nathan-Wong's yellow card to claim the 5-0 win.