Russia's women crowned Euro Sevens champions

(IRB.COM) Monday 16 June 2014
 Russia's women crowned Euro Sevens champions
Russia celebrate winning the FIRA-AER Women’s European Sevens Grand Prix Series

Russia won the FIRA-AER Women’s European Sevens Grand Prix Series for the second year running, despite finishing each of the two legs as runners-up.

One week on from narrowly losing out to England in Moscow, Russia looked in pole position to claim victory in the final of the second tournament in Brive only for host nation France to produce some superb Sevens rugby and come back from 12-0 down and win 24-12.

Tries from Alena Bogacheva and Baizat Khamidova and Nadezda Kudinova’s conversion saw Russia race into a 12-0 lead, but France rallied and were only one score behind by half-time after Caroline Ladagnous’ try was converted by Christelle Le Duff.

Shannon Izar pulled France level with the second half five minutes old before a scintillating run from Marjorie Mayans led to their third try.

Le Duff then converted her own try with what proved to be the last play of the match to seal a tremendous victory.

France may have won the tournament but both sides were winners on the day, Russia being crowned overall Series champions based on their performances over the two tournaments.

Kelly Van Harskamp scored two tries in the 3rd/4th place play-off as Netherlands beat Spain 17-10. Van Harskamp finished the tournament as top try-scorer with eight.

A brace of tries from Natasha Brennan, both converted by Emily Scott, handed England, who had been beaten by Spain in the Cup quarter-finals, a 14-0 victory in the Plate Final.

Laurie Harries scored twice against Belgium as Wales took the Bowl, while Sweden had the ignominy of finishing last in both tournaments.