England women lifted the second round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series with a 29-12 win over hosts USA in the finaal in Houston.
England dominated the weekend, having to beat New Zealand twice on their way to the final, and a Jo Watmore hat-trick helped them to the title in an entertaining final.
Day Two - As it happened
England led Netherlands 12-7 at half-time with two tries from Jo Watmore and Heather Fisher, which saw them go 12-0 up but Netherlands ended the half very well with a lovely break and try from Lorraine Laros. In the second half Heather Fisher added a third try for England, but the Dutch came back again to ensure a tight finish.
Canada v New Zealand was a great game! There was so little between the teams that it could have gone either way and in the end New Zealand edged it 12-10. Canada gave it everything but have to settle for a Plate Semi-Final. New Zealand will play England in the Cup Semis.
In the third quarter between Russia and USA, Russia's Baizat Khamidova scored early on to help her side to a 7-0 lead, but a try just before the break reduced the lead to 7-5, and then two Nathalie Marchino tries in the second half gave the game to the USA.
Finally South Africa and Australia needed suuden death extra time to decide their game, the lead changing hand repeatedly before a try in sudden death through Ili Batibasaga saw the world champions through.
|England 19-14 Netherlands||United States 15-7 Russia|
|Canada 10-12 New Zealand||Australia 17-12 South Africa (AET)|
Bowl semi-finals and finals
After pushing Japan all the way in the first half of the first semi-final (which ended 12-10 to Japan), Trinidad were over-run in the second. Brazil then comfortably beat their fellow South Americans and won the Bowl Final against Japan while Argentina avoided bottom place with a win over Trinidad.
|Japan 34-10 Trindad & Tobago||Brazil 27-0 Argentina|
|Japan 7 Brazil 12||Trinidad & Tobago 5 Argentina 25|
Plate semi-finals and finals
Netherlands took first semi-final 19-5 - Canada will be disappointed for despite the brilliance of Jen Kish they just couldn't keep up in this one. However the Dutch played well across the team with great try by van Rossum in second half. Russia also won through to the Plate Final after a convincing 20-0 win over South Africa. Russia's stars were Baizat Khamidova and Marina Petrova as they denied South Africa any real scoring chances in the game.
A great win for Russia followed in the Plate Final as they defeated Netherlands 29-10 with a great display and some amazing tries! Netherlands looked tired but finished with a nice score from van Rossum.
|Netherlands 19-5 Canada||Russia 20-0 South Africa|
|Netherlands 10-29 Russia||Canada 33 South Africa 0|
Cup semi-finals and finals
England win a tense and exciting semi-final against the champions from Dubau - New Zealand. The kiwis went ahead first with a try from a quick stepping Kelly Brazier - but within a minute it was cancelled out by Jo Watmore. A 7-7 score at halftime became 12-7 to New Zealand with a try from Winiata, but the conversionwass missed. Again England shit back with a try from Emily Scarratt - but Alice Richardson gets the extra points to put England ahead. Then two minutes later a Micheala Staniford opens the margin to seven points, and England hold the lead to the end.
The second semi-final followed a similar pattern, with the US opening the scoring against Australia with a Victoria Folayan try, cancelled out by Tricia Brown before half-time. In the second half Folayan scored again, and Australia couldn't respond. Forced back into their own half they failed to stop Christy Riggenberg from scoring the USA's third try - which clinched the game for the hosts.
In the New Zealand v Australia third and fourth placed play-off, after eight minutes of overtime Ellia Green scored and finally broke the deadlock and gave Australia the thrid spot. The teams were out on their feet after the extra time! New Zealand had scored first in the game with a try by Portia Woodman, but it was 7-7 at half-time, as 12-12 at the end of normal time.
England won the Cup Final with a dominant display to beat USA 29-12. The hat-trick from Watmore was the high point but England were the best team over the weekend. At the break it had been 15-12, with the USA coming back with an intercepted try on halftime, but England pulled away in the second period.
|England 19-12 New Zealand||United States 17-5 Australia|
|England 29-12 United States||New Zealand 12-17 Australia|