London Sevens – Day Two Updates

IRB Women's Sevens Challenge Cup: England were crowned champions for the second tournament running, this time after an empahtic 34-7 victory over a brave Netherlands outfit. Follow the progress of each team from our live rolling news page below, starting with the first game of the day to the last.

Published by Scrum Queens, May 13th, 2012

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London Sevens – Day Two Updates

England are the first side through to the semis with a 19-10 win over Russia.Kay Wilson was on the score-sheet twice with Sarah McKenna scoring England's third try but the Russians fought hard with a score in the first half from Anastasiya Mukhar'yamova and a try on the fulltime whistle from Navrat Khamidova. England face the winners of the next game Canada V South Africa.

Canada made it through to face England with a 17-0 win over South Africa. The Canadians got off to a shaky start with South Africa dominating the first half, but a breakaway try on the stroke of halftime from Ghislaine Landry gave then a 7-0 halftime lead. Landry added a second after the break and Mandy Marchak powered over in the last play to secure a win. The Canadians will know they have to up their game to have a shot against England in the semis.

Netherlands were clincial and impressive in their 19-0 win over France. The French who tended to use contact too much during the game, couldn't make the breakthrough and the Dutch, with Kelly Van Karskamp a huge threat, scored three impressive tries one from Van Harskamp and two from Annie Hielckert.

Australia qualified to face the Dutch with a 19-0 over a physical USA side. The Australians had to fight hard for the win with Shannon Parry grabbing a brace.

In the first Bowl semi-final Kazakhstan lost out to Portugal 10-26. the Portugese capitalised on space out wide to score through Leonor Amaral, Joana Vieira and Isabel Ozorio and Kazakhstan scored through the impressive Anna Yakovleva and Olga Sazonova.

China won the right to play the Bowl Final against Portugal with a fine 33-14 win over Brazil.Two tries from Fan Wenjuan (who also converted both); and scores from Yang Hong, Yao Jiyan and Gong Guye. Sun Tingting also added two kicks. Brazil had tries from Julia Sarda (converted by Maria Behrendt) and Paula Ishibashi, who also converted her own try.

Russia reach plate final with a 19-14 win over South Africain a very tough phsyical battle. Two tries from Nadezda Yarmotskaya and one from Yulia Guzeva (two conversions from Anatasiya Murhar'yamova). Scores from Soujth Africa with tries from Zenay Jordaan and Phumeza Gado (who also converted)

USA sneak through against France 19-17 with try on last play.Score swinging to and fro, but USAjust come out on top with a try from Akalaini Baravilala at the end, which she converted to win the game. Other US tries from Vanesha McGee and Kelly Griffin. France scores from Laura Di Muzio, Claire Canal and Caroline Ladagnous.

England reached the final with a golden score in extra time in the semi-final eventually beating Canada 17-12.England scored through Joanne Watmore early but in a scrappy game of 7s Canada then hit back when some fine play from Ghislaine Landry saw Jen Kish race over - the scores were tied 7-7 at halftime. Emily Scarratt grabbed a try after the break after her power and pace took her through the middle, but Canada scored on the whistle to level it through Kish again. It meant that the teams went into extra time with the first score wininng the game. Canada had a chance but when the ball came out to Scarratt she was simply too strong as she raced through and stretched to score for a thrilling finish.

Netherlands caused the upset of the day beating Australia 14- 12 to reach a place in the final.Australia's captain Rebecca Tavo raced over for the first try after just a few seconds. Emily Cherry made it 12-0 but Holland hit back through Joyce Van Altena to make it 12-7 at the break. A brilliant break from their star player KellyVan Harskamp then saw Holland level the game and then go ahead with a fine kick from Lorraine Laros who rarely seems to miss. They held on for a huge win.

11th place goes to Kazakhstan 19-17 winners over Brazilthe kicking of their standout player Anna Yakovleva making the difference - two vital conversions from out wide making the difference between the teams. She also scored a try confirming her as one of the memorable new faces at this tournament.

China take the bowl with a huge 43-5 win over Portugal.China scored a raft of tries with Yang Hong, Sun Tingting, Yao Jihan, Fan Wenjuan and Gao Yan all dotting down while Portugal's only score came through Leonor Amaral as they ran out of team in their final outing.

SouthAfrica took 7th with a 14-7 win over France.This was a tight affair but a couple of tries from the impressive Zenay Jordaan and Phumeza with two kicks from Sinazo Nobele were enough to see the South African's take out a win over the French who scored through Marion Lievre.

USA won the Plate and finished 5th with a 22-7 win over Russia.THe Russians never gave up but tries from Akalaini Baravilala and Vanesha McGee who each had a brace was enough for the USA to round off a solid tournament. Russia scored through Yulia Guzeva but it was too little too late.Canada secured third place when a couple of late tries secured them a 19-14 win over Australia. Some tired bodies and legs played a part in a scrappy first half with Australia leading 7-0 when Shontelle Stowiers went over. Stowers was on the scoresheet after the break again but Canada pulled through strongly with scores from Mandy Marchak, Kayla Moleschi and Ghislaine Landry, who had a strong tournament, to win the game.

England were crowned champions as they saved their best performance till last beating Netherlands 34-7 in the final. It was the Dutch however who scored first, with Annemarije van Rossum crashing over out wide after her side had dominited the opening minutes, but when England went wide Joanne Watmore had too much pace and she grabbed her first and second scores out wide to give the home side the lead. Alice Richardson then made a great break through the middle to give England a dominant halftime 17-7 lead. Watmore continued where she left off after halftime when she raced over for a third. The Dutch pressed hard but when Kat Merchant scored in the corner to make it 27-7 it was all over. Merchant added one more under the posts to round off a fine win.

Results:England 19 Russia 10Canada 17 South Africa 0Netherlands 10 France 0Australia 19 USA 0Kazakhstan 10 Portugal 10Brazil 14 China 33

Cup Semi-FinalsEngland 17 Canada 12Netherlands 14 Australia 12

Plate semi-finalsRussia 19 South Africa 14France 17 USA 19

Plate finalRussia7 USA 22

Bowl finalPortugal 5 China 43

7th place play-0ffSouth Africa 14 France 7

11th place play-offKazakhstan 19 Brazil 17

3rd place PlayoffCanada 19 Australia 14

Cup FinalEngland 34 Netherlands 7