- Recap on all of the action from day two in Houston!
- England beat USA in the Cup Final to take the title!
- Russia won the Plate final
- Brazil won the Bowl final.
- Australia finished third.
Thanks for tuning in! We will have reaction and pictures up on wsws.irb.com and there will be a highlights video up too soon!
Tournament MVP Heather Fisher receives a very unique boot here in Houston! #houston7s http://t.co/CMduMHaP— susan carty (@susan carty) 03/02/2013 03:16
I'm so impressed with all the teams here at #Houston7s. Every game was always a great match up. The women's game is evolving fast! #wrugby— Jen kish (@Jen kish) 03/02/2013 03:22
England win the Cup Final here in Houston with a dominant display to beat USA 29-12. The hat-trick from Watmore was the high point but England have been the best team over the weekend and deserve this title. Well done to USA on second place!
Watmore grabs a hat-trick as Richardson puts her away in space in the USA 22 and she sprints all the way under the sticks. The lead is now 29-12 with just over two mins to go.
Still five minutes to play here. USA have stepped it up a gear and have come close to getting into England's 22 but England hold out and retain a 22-12 lead.
Watmore scores again for England. A mazy run from her and nobody can lay a finger on her as she sprints 60 odd metres to touch down. It's now 22-12 to England with Richardson adding the extras.
We've just watched a fantastic ten minutes of rugby from two great teams. England raced into a 10-0 lead and looked comfortable but USA hit back with two superb scores to take the lead but Kat Merchant saw a gap and went through to score just before the whistle!. It's 15-12 to England at the break.
Try USA! This has turned into a fantastic contest. #houston7s— susan carty (@susan carty) 03/02/2013 02:33
Intercept! Try for USA for Marchino - superb!
Wow huge tackle from Folayan on Fisher and England spill the ball in their 22. Unfortunately USA can't make the most of it and turn it over themselves so England get it back and Richardson clears it down the line.
USA hit back with a well worked try from Kelly Griffin. Vanesha McGee heavily involved in the lead-up and Griffin finishes well to make it 10-5
Try number two for England. Richardson and Fisher do really well to set Staniford away and it's now 10-0.
Early try for Jo Watmore for England as they go over just a minute in. Good smart play with Scarrat recovering the kick off and England spreading it wide.
England and USA are already out on the field and the Cup Final is about to get underway!
Australia win it! Ellia Green scores finally after a the ball swapped hands several times. The teams are out on their feet after eight minutes of sudden death! Well done to both sides. Australia finish 3rd,
While this is all going on England and USA are waiting patiently in the wings for the final!. Still no score here in sudden death!
Tense stuff as both sides are pushing each other so hard. Hohepa is off injured and Australia have the ball on the 22 and are trying their best to break through.
@irbwomens Well done for Russia. Great result for #RWCS hosts.— Beth Coalter (@Beth Coalter) 03/02/2013 02:14
We are now into sudden death! There's five minutes on the clock and the first to score wins!
Australia are awarded a penalty try for a high tackle over the line! It's now 12-12! Time is up so we are going into sudden death!
7-7 at halftime as Brown adds the extra kick to level it up. These two old foes will be desperate to take this win out in the second half and rack up some more all important series points.
Still 7-0 here. Both teams looking a bit tired out there.
First blood goes to New Zealand with a great finish from Portia Woodman.
Final de Jogo e a Rússia é campeã da Taça Prata! #houston7s #wrugby— Rugby de Calcinha (@Rugby de Calcinha) 03/02/2013 01:46
Australia are next against New Zealand and then it's the Cup Final between USA and England!
Russia hop up and down on the field with glee after that win and the crowd five them a huge applause!
A great win for Russia in the Plate Final as they defeat Netherlands 29-10 with a great display and some amazing tries! Netherlands looked tired but finished with a nice score from van Rossum.
Every single try scored by Russia in this game has been superb. There's another one for Edidzhi. Left a trail of Dutch defenders for dead.
There have been some brilliant tries in this game from Russia. The latest from Kazakova is another gem. They are well on top now leading 24-5
Russia's Nadezda Yarmotskaya shows a great step and pace to score and give her side a 19-5 lead.
It's 12-5 here with Russia scoring just at half-time, capitalising on a Dutch dropped ball in front of the posts.
Awesome score from Khamidova brings Russia right back into it! They now lead 7-5.
GREAT first try for Netherlands. Pien Selbeck gets it but Kelly van Harskamp sets it up.
Netherlands and Russia are out on the field.
Plate Final is up next between Netherlands and Russia. Should be a cracker!
It's been a dominant display from Canada who beat South AFrica 33-0. They finish seventh but will be disappointed not to be back in the top four.
What a tackle from Magali Harvey to stop Tash Hofmeester from scoring when she was clear!
And Brazil lift the first trophy of the evening #houston7s http://t.co/nG8XYJJO— susan carty (@susan carty) 03/02/2013 00:57
Second half now underway here.
Canada are well on top here leading 21-0 with a third try coming after a messy scrum was turned over and Julianne Zussman finishes well.
@irbwomens Heh, wish I couldn've seen that @jen_kish is awesome.— Ryan Brobdingnagian (@Ryan Brobdingnagian) 03/02/2013 01:05
Another brilliant try for Canada - this time Magali Harvey under the sticks after a super step and sprint.
Kish again is the player to shine for Canada, this time a superb solo score showing great feet to score under the posts. It's 7-0
The teams are out on the field and the game is about to kick off. Both of these sides would have hoped to finish higher so they will be desperate to win this one.
Brasil vence!!! Brasil 12 x 7 Japão #wrugby #houston7s #vamostupis— Rugby Feminino BRA (@Rugby Feminino BRA) 03/02/2013 00:50
Canada and South Africa are next up for 7th place.
Brazil win the Bowl final with a 12-7 win over Japan. Japan were over the try-line in the last second but were held up by a brave Brazil defence! Great game.
Brazil score with time almost up! THey lead 12-7 and they might win this Bowl final if they can hang on!
7-7 here between these two sides at the break.
It's a try each here between Japan and Brazil between two even looking sides.
Bowl Final is next with Japan facing Brazil.
Trinidad & Tobago get a massive applase from the crowd as they head off!
Argentina take 11th spot with a 25-5 win over Argentina. Well done to both sides who will have learned a lot from being part of this series.
Trinidad and Tobago are loking very tired out there now, leaking another try to Argentina who lead 25-5 now.
Argentina lead Trinidad and Tobago 10-0 here.
So proud!!! Final here we come :) #wrugby #Houston7s @USAWomensRugby— Emilie Bydwell (@Emilie Bydwell) 02/02/2013 23:46
New Zealand coach Sean Horan gave us this reaction to their loss to England.
We are disappointed but we can take loads of positives from the weekend. We are a team who are just coming together and we need to get the experiences of this big events as we build.
Trinidad and Argentina are out on the field now - they are playing for the 11th and 12th spots.
Australia coach Chris Lane reacts to his side's performances over the weekend
We are happy with overall performances over the weekend. We didn’t play our best game when it was needed in the semi-final and credit to USA for coming out and stopping us. We came here with an inexperienced enough group of players so to give them the exposure they needed is a real positive for us. We are consistently getting into the top four at the major tournaments and we need to try and take that next step.
Just caught up with New Zealand coach Sean Horan and Australia coach Chris Lane and we will give yuo some of their reaction to the day shortly.
There is another break now before we come back for the finals. Here's how it looks.
Bowl Final: Japan v Brazil
Plate Final: Netherlands V Russia
Cup Final: USA V England
There are also placing games between
Trinidad & Tobago V Argentina
Canada V South Africa
Australia V New Zealand
USA will play England in the Cup final after a 17-5 win over Australia.
USA score what looks like a clincher through Christy Riggenberg.
Australia are running out of time here! Just over a minute left and Australia are back on their own try line defending and trailing 10-5.
Another try for USA from Foloyan - great finish and step out wide for her try. They are 10-5!
5-5 here in another edgey game!
Tricia Brown gets one back for Australia. There was some lovely interplay in the leadup between Stowers and Lauren Doyle for USA made one huge tackle but Brown gets around to score.
Nathalie Marchino has made one awesome break in this game showing some great feet. USA are still ahead 5-0.
Try for USA through Victoria Folayan - great pressure in defence forced a turnover and she was there to finish.
Some great play early in this game with both sides forced into some try saving tackles already
USA and Australia are out on the field!
That was an amazing game with two superb teams. New Zealand will be gutted but they gave it their all. England will face the winners of the next game - USA V AUstralia in the final.
England win it! They are through to the Cup Final.
Great work in defence from England who force a turnover and then Hunt boots it down the pitch forcing a knock on.
Staniford stretches England's lead. Once again Heather Fisher is prominent in the build-up and New Zealand can't get to Staniford who stretches to finish very well. It's 19-12 to England.
What a try! Emily Scarratt gets it for England but it started back with Fisher and was carried on by Staniford and Richardson. Crowd go wild for that and Richardson kicks England in front 14-12.
New Zealand are in the lead scoring through Winiata right from the kick off. 12-7.
Second half underway!
All to play for in the second half with nothing between these sides whatsoever. Great game for a big crowd today.
It's as tight a game as we expected here with the game tied 7-7. New Zealand are finding space through Brazier but once again England's defence has been strong with Emily Scarratt and Heather Fisher putting in some huge hits.
Jo Watmore finishes a well worked penalty move for England from inside their own half. It's 7-7!
First try goes to New Zealand. Kelly Brazier flatfoots the England defence with a great run and she is under the posts. New Zealand are 7-0 up.
England retaining the ball well and NZ are being pinged at the breakdown but play is on the halfway. Kat Merchant has fended off a couple of players on one good run.
Blow for NZ with Kayle McAlister limping off injured.
England start well with a run from Watmore and a penalty.
Here we go with the first Cup Semi-Final with New Zealand and England on the field!
Russia are through to the Plate Final and will face Netherlands after a convincing 20-0 win over South Africa. Russia's stars were Khamidova and Petrova as they denied South Africa any real scoring chances in the game.
OMG.....watching the #wsws blog following my team is bad for my health. #heartracing #nervewrecking #Houston7s— Mara Moberg (@Mara Moberg) 02/02/2013 22:45
Russia now leading 20-0 and well in control of the game.
Yes baby! @dutch7sladies win semi plate final vs Canada! 19-5! Great job girls!! #Houston7s #7NED #L2W #goteamnl #Topsport— Mara Moberg (@Mara Moberg) 02/02/2013 22:40
Get across @irbwomens in next 10 mins for live updates of #houston7s Cup semi final England v New Zealand— Sara Orchard (@Sara Orchard) 02/02/2013 22:38
Russia lead South Africa 10-0. South Africa ended the half well but can't find a gap in a good Russian defence.
Russia score first and it's 5-0 - Khamidova is already causing damage but it's Marina Petrova who gets it
Next up it's Russia and South Africa battling it out for a place in the Plate final V Netherlands
We just had a chat with Argentina coach Miguel Seró about how his side are enjoying their debut Women's Sevens World Series event.
It is a unique opportunity for us to be here and be playing against the best sides in the world. We came here to learn as much as we can and to take it back with us. We are a brand new team so we want to take as much as we can from this weekend!
That's it and the Netherlands win it 19-5 and are through to the Plate Final. Canada will be disappointed for despite the brilliance of Jen Kish they just couldn't keep up in this one.
Chatting with the legend @Waisale_Serevi at #houston7s @USAEaglesRugby http://t.co/nyIorur0— Nicole Titmas (@Nicole Titmas ) 02/02/2013 22:20
Awesome try from Netherlands. The offload from Laros to Van Rossum was perfect and she scores under the posts. The score is now 19-5 to the Dutch.
Another great end to end game. Netherlands score their second try through Pien Selbeck and lead 12-5. Jen Kish is having a storming game for Canada.
Still can't get over the fact that we not in Cup Semi-Finals 1st we lost in last minute against USA & then extra time in QFAustralia#wrugby— Aschin Klein (@Aschin Klein) 02/02/2013 22:12
Netherland take a 7-0 lead with a try from Tessa Velduis. Canada are making a few mistakes here early on.
Canada and Netherlands are out on the field for the Plate Semi-Final!
Not long to go now to the first Plate Semi-Final between Netherlands and Canada
A little while ago our Women's Development Manager took part in a Q&A on Twitter about women's rugby. Check out her feed for some great questions and answers @cartysu
We have a break in play at the moment but we will back with the Plate competition in about 15 minutes!
Brazil reach the Bowl final with a 27-0 win over Argentina!
Brazil are leading Argentina 10-0 at halftime!
Next up it's the battle of the South American sides. Brazil take on Argentina for a place in the Bowl Final!
Japan are through to the Bowl Final with a 34-10 win over a spirted Trinidad and Tobago side. Good game to watch!
Japan have run away with in the second half and have run in a number of good tries. They now lead 27-10 with a kick to come and two minutes to play.
Canada's Women's Sevens side will now take on The Netherlands in the Plate Semi Final at 2:10 pm PT/5:10 pm ET. #Houston7s #GoCanadaGo— RugbyCanada (@RugbyCanada) 02/02/2013 20:42
Another try for Trinidad & Tobago and the crowd goes bananas cheering! Great finish from Taliah Wilson. It's 12-10 to Japan.
Huge cheer for Trinidad who get a try back through the fantastic Juliana Straker! Crowd really loving the underdog team this weekend. It's now 7-5 as Japan converted the earlier kick.
The first bowl semi-final is now in action with Japan taking on Trinidad & Tobago. The Japanese have scored early here and are up 5-0.
The Cup Semi-Finals are now determined. The are
England V New Zealand
USA V Australia
Plate Semi-Finals are also confirmed
Netherlands V Canada
South Africa V Russia
In a dramatic game Australia clinch the Cup Semi-Final spot with a try in sudden death through Ili Batibasaga. South Africa gave it their all but came up just short .
We are going into overtime here - a five minute period - with the sides level at 12-12 after Australia tied it up through Ellia Green.
Australia are running out of time here with South Africa on the ball with just a minute left and leading 12-7!
Zenay Jordaan scores a breakaway try to put South Africa in the lead! It's 12-7 now to South Africa.
Australia take a 7-5 lead into halftime in the last Cup quarter-final. A very tight game out there with some huge tackles going in.
USA are through to the Cup semi-final after a fine performance against Russia. Nathalie Marchino stole the show with two excellent tries to help her side to a 15-7 win.
Classic @swissbeatz darting through the defense for the try!!! Go USA!! #houston7s #wrugby— Liz Terry (@Liz Terry) 02/02/2013 19:59
USA are in the lead with five mins to play! Nathalie Marchino finishes really well and it's 10-7.
Second half underway. Anyone's game with a place in the Cup Semi-Final at stake!
USA end the first half really well and are playing against six players with Russia having a player carded for two minutes. Russia are leading 7-5 but USA have been better as the half wore on.
After a lively start, Russia break the deadlock and the fantastic Baizat Khamidova scores to help her side to a 7-0 lead.
Next up we have USA and Russia! Huge cheer for the home side who have been playing some great rugby this weekend but Russia are a very physical strong side and this is be a real battle.
What a great game that was! There was so little between the teams that it could have gone either way and in the end New Zealand edge 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.
Great second half - Canada have grabbed a second try but New Zealand have a 12-10 lead!
New Zealand are leading 7-5 and they are having a very tough game here against a fired up Canada side with Kish and Marchak heavily involved.
Great try back from New Zealand. Big break from Kayla McAlister and Portia Woodman finishes it off. It came after a huge tackle from Linda Itunu on Marchak. New Zealand lead 7-5!
Awesome start for Canada who score through Kayla Moleschi from the kickoff! First Jen Kish took it up and then Mandy Marchak flicked the winning pass back. 5-0.
New Zealand and Canada have just kicked off in the second Cup quarter-final!
England beat Netherlands 19-14 with a tight finish! England are through to the Cup Semis while Netherlands go into the Plate.
Play has become a little scrappy now with some errors creeping into both side's play. England still lead 19-7.
Heather Fishers scores a superb solo score to kick the second half off. England push the lead out to 19-7
Everyone good luck today make it count! #sheroes #houston7s— Predictions W7s (@Predictions W7s ) 02/02/2013 19:07
England lead 12-7. Two tries from Watmore and Heather Fisher saw them go 12-0 up but Nethelands ended the half very well with a lovely break and try from Lorraine Laros.
Second try from England - this time Heather Fisher. The play has been entirely in the Netherlands 22 so far.
First touch of the weekend for Jo Watmore and her first try. England take the lead.
England and Netherlands are on the field for game one. Here we go! Both sides aiming to be the first team through to the Cup semi-finals. England make the Dutch wait with their mid-field huddle.
Loads of tweets in already today from the players. Just ten minutes to go now to the first quarter-final and the excitement is building!
Today's about immortality" #Houston7s @vanesh33 @ktdowty @DevenOwsiany @Ldoyle2009 @vixfly @KGrif1 @RinggerC @kimbodare @USAEaglesRugby— Nathalie Marchino (@Nathalie Marchino) 02/02/2013 18:58
RT @USAEaglesRugby: #Houston7s #wrugby Captains with the silver Cowboy Boot MVP Trophy. We're in #Texas y'all! @vanesh33 reppin' #TeamUS ...— Doug Coil (@Doug Coil) 02/02/2013 18:57
The teams for the first match between England and Netherlands are now live HERE It will be a first appearance this weekend for England's Jo Watmore.
Nice pic of all of the captains this weekend posing yesterday. #houston7s http://t.co/mLWNJLpv— irbwomens (@irbwomens) 02/02/2013 18:40
Fans are starting to trickle in now ahead of the first game. It's a stunning day here again!
We also had a word this morning with Netherlands head coach Gareth Gilbert. His side are about to face England in today's opening game - a side they lost to yesterday - but Gilbert is feeling positive.
We do feel positive. Yesterday’s games were tough but when we played New Zealand, we were happy with how much ball we had but we just couldn’t finish off with tries. We know what to expect from England. They are a quality side which they showed again yesterday. We are going to have to execute everything perfectly to beat them. We are pleased with our attacking game at the moment but we are struggling in defence and we need to tighten that up a bit.
We just caught up with USA coach Ric Suggitt ahead of their Cup quarter-final with Russia. USA had a strong day yesterday, with a dramatic come-from behind draw with Canada followed by a breath-taking win over South Africa and then a big win over Argentina.
The goal is to get into the Cup final and today we feel very positive. Two of our games went to the final whistle yesterday and we showed a lot of composure to come from behind. The hard work that we put in gives us a favourable draw today but Russia is going to be a really tough game. They have a really passionate coach so they will be full of motivation. When we played South Africa yesterday my heart was racing! We made a few subs and I said we needed to see what we were made of. The girls did so well to get around and get the winning score and it was a great try to win it. We executed under immense pressure and we ended the day executing really well in the last game. We are really looking forward to today but need to front up for a physical battle with Russia now.
Welcome back to Houston for day two of round two of the Women's Sevens World Series! England and Netherlands are the first team in action just a little after 1pm (local time) here in the first of the Cup quarter-finals.
15-16 Feb 2014
Venue: Fifth-Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw State University