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RIO DE JANEIRO -- A full day earlier than he really wanted to, Australia coach Tim Walsh had to send a runner out to his goalkicker with a very important message: This is for the gold medal.There was no Olympic medal to win in rugby sevens on Sunday, but there was plenty to lose for the Australians.The womens world series champions were seconds away from a shocking loss to the United States in the last group match of the tournament. Emma Tonegato reached over to score in the last minute to cut the margin to two points, leaving Chloe Dalton needing to kick the conversion to avoid the loss.I sent a message out to Chloe before she kicked saying, `This is for the gold medal, so keep your head down and slot this, and she did, Walsh said. I think she really likes the pressure.Walsh said the 12-12 draw with the Americans was was definitely the kick up the pants that we needed going into the quarterfinals.A loss wouldnt have changed the quarterfinal standings, but it would have dented the aura the Australians developed with a dominating run in the world series.The draw was followed by a 24-0 victory over Spain, putting Australia into a semifinal match against Canada on Monday. The winner will advance to a night final against either Britain or second-seeded New Zealand, which struggled to hold off the United States 5-0 in the last of the quarterfinals.With rugby back in the Olympics for the first time in 92 years, a womens team will claim the first gold medal ever awarded in sevens.The Australian players have been living and training together for more than a year to prepare for it.Now, were playing for a medal. Were not happy with a bronze or a silver, we want a gold, Walsh said. 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