Olympic heartache for South Shields star Katy McLean

Great Britain's Danielle Waterman brushes away Canada's Ghislaine Landry (left) to score a try
Great Britain's Danielle Waterman brushes away Canada's Ghislaine Landry (left) to score a try

South Shields star Katy McLean suffered Olympic heartache after Great Britain could only finish fourth in the women’s rugby sevens tournament.

Britain had their gold medal hopes dashed by a rampant New Zealand at Deodoro Stadium as they lost their semi-final 25-7.

And to then compound the misery, McLean and her team-mates lost the bronze medal game 33-10 against Canada as they ran out of steam.

The New Zealanders’ star player Portia Woodman led the way in the semi-final with a hat-trick of tries as semi-final opponents Britain were sunk 25-7.

McLean and Amy Wilson-Hardy were sin-binned in the game as GB were put to the sword.

Woodman showcased her blistering pace with an early try, and although Britain replied quickly when Alice Richardson touched down and McLean converted for a 7-5 lead, New Zealand soon moved up a gear.

Ruby Tui scored their second try, then Woodman touched down twice more in quick succession before a Huriana Manuel score underpinned a comfortable New Zealand win.

Britain had already beaten Canada in the competition’s pool stages, so took confidence from that result.

But it was misplaced as the Canadians proved to be too strong and powerful for the British girls.

The game was all but up inside the first half as the Canadians scored four tries to lead 26-5 at the interval.

McLean had played her part in Britain’s only try of the first 10 minutes, scored by Danielle Waterman, and in the second period Jasmine Joyce also crossed the line, but it wasn’t enough.

Pundit Sir Clive Woodward said: “This will take some getting over for the British team.”