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Russia captain in trouble after kick on Australia's gold medallist in Sydney Sevens event

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Russian captain Alena Mikhaltsova could be in trouble after her boot connected with Australian gold medallist Evania Pelite in the semi-final match in the Sydney Sevens tournament. 

Mikhaltsova appeared to make deliberate contact with Pelite by extending her leg whilst the Aussie was on the ground as the Russian attempted to break the tackle of Pelite.

The incident was not acknowledged by the referee, but officials later noticed the kick after watching on a video action replay.

The 22-year-old Pelite grasped her head amid the pain, but made no complaint to on or off field officials.

The young captain was remarkable in their 31-0 victory against Russia on home soil, despite the blow to the head.

The win completes five wins out of five so far in the tournament as the Aussies accumulate a 182-0 points difference across their matches thus far. 

Australia coach Tim Walsh was nonplussed regarding the kick incident, but paid tribute to Pelite’s character.

“Evania has been under the radar for five years and she’s playing just as well as she did then,” Walsh told Fox Sports.

“She’s one of the toughest people you’ll ever meet on the field and off it one of the happiest and brightest and nicest people you’ll ever meet.

“She’s a player who has everything: she can tackle, run, pass, kick and that’s what we want in our team, is a jack of all trades and master of some.”

Pelite dived over for the winning try in Australia women's sevens' triumph in Rio in 2016, she was also named in the victorious team for the 2013 Youth Olympics.

At just 17, Pelite was a debutant for the Australian women's team in Amsterdam in May 2013, less than a year after her mission to muster up her team at school. 

Despite recovering from the kick in the game against Russia, the 22-year-old is certainly eyeing further Olympic and Commonwealth success.

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