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France win first Grand Prix leg

France won the first leg of Rugby Europe’s Grand Prix with a win over Russia in the final.

The second round will be played next weekend in Kazan, Russia. 

Ireland finished third, after a record breaking 39-7 win over England - their biggest win over the English in either 7s or 15s ever. 

The story of day one was the news that newly promoted Scotland had made the quarter finals ,a fine achievement, while a young Spanish team had also progressed to the last eight. 

On day two though, Russia easily dispatched Scotland while Ireland dealt with Spain. The rest of the results also went to form in the opening games and it was Wales who continued to impress, eventually finishing 5th thanks to a fine win over Belgium.

With Ireland comfortably beating England to finish third, it was down to this week’s hosts France and next week’s hosts Russia.

France were straight through the middle for the penning score early on when Carla Neisen broke through with Shannon Izar converting.

Marjorie Mayans was next over before Baizat Khamidova hit back for Russia before the break.

Chloé Shovel was next for France after the break though Russia made an entertaining game of it with Daria Shestakova  pulling off some superb cover tackles. The last word went to Khamidova who finished a brilliant kick and chase try but France were crowned winners on a 12-17 result.