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France win European U18s

In the Polish city of Jarocin, France were crowned 7’s Girls U18 European Champions.

By far the strongest team of the tournament, France impressed on both sides of the ball. Les Bleus scored a total of 255 points (41 tries), but more astonishing was the fact that France conceded only 3 tries. Runners-up England also impressed in the attack, recording 34 tries. In the later phase of the tournament England’s tackle completion rate fall below 80%. Tackling became critical in the second half of the Championship final, when England missed 9, completing 14 tackles.

Team Statistics: Championship Final

England

 

France

8

Possessions

9

2 min 40 sec

Time of Effective Ball Possession

3 min 39 sec

24

Carries

34

11

Gainline Successes

24

3

Defenders Beaten

8

45

Passes: Total

31

36

Passes: On Target

25

0

Passes: Intercepted

0

8

Offloads: Total

6

4

Offloads: On Target

6

1

Offloads: Intercepted

0

5

Attacking Rucks: Won

5

2

Attacking Rucks: Lost

1

0

Attacking Scrums: Won

0

1

Attacking Scrums: Lost

0

1

Line-Outs: Won

1

0

Line-Outs: Lost

0

4

Penalties Conceded

1

1

Handling Errors

1

18

Tackles: Made

13

9

Tackles: Missed

3

66.7%

Tackle Completion Rate

81.3%

* Including offloads

With 5 wins under their belt, Russia defeated Wales in the third-place match. In the crucial moments of a very close game, the bronze medal winners utilised power-running skills of Amina Saylaonova. Interestingly, Saylaonova missed the semi-final against England and watched the match from the stands.

Russia and the remaining Home Nations formed a group not strong enough to challenge France or England, but much stronger than the other contestants. Almost 45% of all encounters ended up with a point difference exceeding 5 tries. Not surprisingly, the gap between the six leading U18 countries and other European nations might be even wider than in Women’s 7’s. On a more optimistic note, some of the mid-table countries can successfully shorten the distance. In particular, the Czech Republic (supported by the loudest fans) became a local power in Central Europe, and a consistently built programme already started bearing its fruits.

Team Statistics: Third-Place Match

Russia

 

Wales

7

Possessions

7

2 min 43 sec

Time of Effective Ball Possession

2 min 31 sec

25

Carries

25

12

Gainline Successes

9

1

Defenders Beaten

2

28

Passes: Total*

29

23

Passes: On Target

22

0

Passes: Intercepted

0

5

Offloads: Total

5

4

Offloads: On Target

4

1

Offloads: Intercepted

0

7

Attacking Rucks: Won

5

0

Attacking Rucks: Lost

0

1

Attacking Scrums: Won

1

1

Attacking Scrums: Lost

1

1

Line-Outs: Won

0

0

Line-Outs: Lost

1

3

Penalties Conceded

6

3

Handling Errors

1

15

Tackles: Made

16

5

Tackles: Missed

4

75%

Tackle Completion Rate

80%

* Including offloads

 

 

Tournament Statistics

Team

Matches Won

Points

Tries

Scored

Conceded

Difference

Scored

Conceded

Difference

France

6

255

15

240

41

3

38

England

5

196

46

150

34

8

26

Russia

5

160

78

82

26

14

12

Wales

3

99

148

-49

17

24

-7

Ireland

4

155

68

87

25

12

13

Scotland

4

165

60

105

27

10

17

Czech Rep.

3

98

150

-52

16

24

-8

Spain

2

99

90

9

17

14

3

Belgium

4

97

87

10

16

15

1

Ukraine

2

51

121

-70

9

21

-12

Portugal

2

58

113

-55

10

18

-8

Sweden

1

22

132

-110

4

22

-18

Germany

3

100

91

9

18

15

3

Poland

2

81

120

-39

13

20

-7

Georgia

2

36

188

-152

6

32

-26

Latvia

0

37

202

-165

7

34

-27

 

Results

Pool A: France 45-0 Czechia; Portugal 7-15 Germany; Portugal 12-21 Czechia; Germany 21-22 Czechia; France 45-0 Germany; France 53-0 Portugal

Pool B: England 41-0 Ukraine; Wales 24-12 Belgium; England 43-0 Belgium; Scotland 53-0 Georgia; England 48-0 Wales; Belgium 10-5 Ukraine

Pool C: Ireland 52-0 Georgia; Scotland 48-5 Latvia; Ireland 34-5 Latvia; Russia 45-0 Sweden; Latvia 5-21 Georgia; Ireland 12-24 Scotland

Pool D: Spain 36-0 Sweden; Russia 45-5 Poland Wales 41-0 Ukraine; Spain 29-0 Poland; Russia 17-10 Spain; Sweden 0-19 Poland

9th-16th Quarter-finals: Germany 15-17 Sweden; Georgia 0-34 Ukraine; Poland 7-24 Portugal; Belgium 34-5 Latvia;

Quarter-finals: France 33-5 Spain; Scotland 19-22 Wales; Russia 24-19 Czechia; England 22-7 Ireland;

13th-16th Semi-finals: Germany 34-0 Georgia; Poland 50-7 Latvia

9th-12th Semi-finals: Sweden 0-7 Ukraine; Portugal 5-12 Belgium

5th-8th Semi-finals: Spain 0-14 Scotland; Czechia 10-29 Ireland

Semi-finals: France 50-0 Wales; Russia 10-32 England

15th place: Georgia 15-10 Latvia

13th place: Germany 15-0 Poland

11th place: Sweden 5-10 Portugal

9th place; Ukraine 5-29 Belgium

7th place: Spain 19-26 Czechia

5th place: Scotland 7-21 Ireland

3rd place; Wales 12-19 Russia

Final: France 29-10 England;