The United States rugby sevens teams are competitive at the Olympic Games and they could come away with a medal.
Beating powerhouses such as New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa, and Australia isn’t easy. However, Team USA boasts plenty of speed and that’s important in this form of rugby.
Online betting markets are available for men’s and women’s competitions, and the action starts on Sunday.
Men’s Rugby Sevens
It’s a wide-open men’s sevens betting market at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Fiji has firmed into favoritism at +175, but right on their heels are New Zealand, South Africa, and Team USA.
There has been action with bookmakers for the USA team, which boasts some of the quickest players in the contest. Their Olympic odds have firmed to +800 and we put it down to having the likes of Carlin Isles and Perry Baker, who are lights-out sprinters.
Building while I’m in Japan. pic.twitter.com/0mhm0TSsVQ
— Carlin Isles (@Carlin_Isles) July 21, 2021
They might not have the same technical skill as other teams, but Team USA shouldn’t be discounted. They were disappointing when finishing ninth in 2016, but Isles was fantastic and they’ll only be improved from that effort.
“I just want to continue to show and build, and do what I do,” Isles told The Repository. “There’s no more pressure. The pressure was overcoming (obstacles).
“To keep a dream alive when everything else feels like it’s not going to come true, that’s pressure.”
Fiji looks the hardest to beat. They are one of the best sevens teams in history alongside New Zealand, so we’re not surprised by the shortening odds.
Fiji is now into +175 after opening on the same line as New Zealand. It’s another high-speed team that doesn’t like to go into contact, which suits this style of rugby.
New Zealand is another team that could keep the United States off the podium. The +200 odds for a proven team wanting to bounce back after a disappointing 2016 campaign is good value, so we’re expecting the Kiwis to medal.
South Africa can be hard to trust and we don’t see much difference between the Springboks and the Eagles. Bettors get value in rugby sevens betting markets with Team USA, so they could be the value bet of the competition.
Women’s Rugby Sevens
The U.S. women’s national side is also on the fourth line of betting, but they could struggle more than the men.
New Zealand is a dominant force in the women’s competition and they are the raging-hot favorites at -325. They won the silver medal in a surprise result in Rio, but they have played extremely well since and we would be surprised if they were upset again.
Australia and Canada are best-backed to win silver and bronze, but Team USA won’t be far away. The United States finished fifth in Rio with a 3-2 record and they have since finished fourth at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
Adapt and overcome 💪
— USA Rugby (@USARugby) July 21, 2021
Naya Tapper, Kristen Thomas and Alev Kelter are the main try scoring threats. Kristi Kirshe has also made a positive start to her sevens career and it’s a team that combines well on the field.
Bettors get +1000 for Team USA to win the gold, but winning a medal of any color is a victory. Being one of the last four teams in the competition is the goal and anything can happen from there, so the odds are worth taking.
New Zealand should make the final, but the odds are short. We would love to see a New Zealand vs the United States, which would make the +1000 odds look generous.