A 22-12 Cup final win over Russia seals victory in Kazan for France.
France claimed the first leg of the Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Grand Prix in Kazan’s Central Stadium with a thrilling 22-12 victory over Russia in Sunday’s Cup final.
France led from the outset taking a well-deserved lead through centre Shannon Izar, who scored her sixth try of the competition. Russia hit back with a try from Baizat Khamidova, but a determined France side pressed on to secure victory.
After two days of sevens rugby, France were crowned champions on the back of impressive pool wins over Finland, the Netherlands and Great Britain 2 on Saturday. There were solid performances from Fanny Horta and Camille Grassineau through Sunday’s quarter and semi-finals against the Netherlands and Ireland, before their defeat of Russia in Sunday’s showpiece final.
Runners-up Russia had excellent tournament, with Daria Lushina being particularly impressive over the course of the weekend. The youngster, who scored in the final, topped the player rankings in Kazan, scoring 49 points including three tries and 17 conversions.
Great Britain’s two teams were also in action this weekend. The Royals and the Lions showed great promise as they prepare for the sevens tournament at the Rio Olympics later this summer. Great Britain Royals lifted the Plate, beating Spain 44-0 in the process. Great Britain Lions defeated Ireland 32-0 to claim third place. There were outstanding performances from Jasmine Joyce, Megan Jones and Stephanie Johnston who scored six tries each, making them the joint top try scorers.
In Sunday’s other games, Italy won the Bowl with a dominant performance over Belgium. The Italians ran out the 19-0 winners with Michela Sillari and Sara Barratin among the try scorers.
The Kazan Sevens saw some high scoring results with France, both Great Britain sides and Russia showing their superiority on the pitch.
After an excellent start to the Sevens Grand Prix, both France and Russia have put themselves in pole position to take the overall series title later in the year. The next leg of the Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Grand Prix is in Malemort, France on 24-25 September, and all teams will be looking to build on their performances in Kazan this weekend.
Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Grand Prix, Kazan
France 51 Finland 0
Netherlands 10 Great Britain Royals 19
France 31 v Great Britain Royals 7
Netherlands 26 v Finland 7
France 35 v Netherlands 0
Great Britain Royals 44 v Finland 0
Ireland 31 Italy 0
Russia 54 Belgium 0
Ireland 12 v Belgium 7
Russia 26 v Italy 0
Russia 29 v Ireland 5
Italy 24 v Belgium 19
Spain 12 Portugal 7
Great Britain Lions 48 Ukraine 0
Spain 48 v Ukraine 7
Great Britain Lions 48 v Portugal 0
Spain 0 v Great Britain Lions 64
Ukraine 7 v Portugal 38
France 17 - 0 Netherlands
Russia 28 - 5 Portugal
Great Britain Lions 24 - 5 Great Britain Royals
Ireland 19 - 10 Spain
Italy 15 - 12 Ukraine
Belgium 31 - 12 Finland
Netherlands 17-22 Spain
Portugal 0 - 36 Great Britain Royals
France 28 - 12 Ireland
Russia 19 - 17 Great Britain Lions
Ukraine 19 - 0 Finland
Italy 19 Belgium 0
Netherlands 12 - 7 Portugal
Great Britain Royals 44 Spain 0
Ireland 0-32 Great Britain Lions
France 22-12 Russia