- England defeat Spain in final to clinch European 7s title
- Tries from Fran Matthews and Sonia Green see off reigning champions
England Women were crowned European 7s champions on Sunday in Bucharest after a 17-7 final victory over reigning champions Spain.
England lifted the trophy after running in an impressive 165 points over seven games and conceding just 26. They defeated Romania, Sweden, Italy, Spain and Germany in the pool stages, before taking on Holland in the semi finals and then Spain again in the final.
England Sevens Head Coach Barry Maddocks said: "Myself and Susie Appleby (assistant coach) are ecstatic. We only had a few experienced core players in this squad and the rest of them are young and new to sevens. All of those players have come to the fore over this weekend. They have shown us that they have a lot of potential and that really is the icing on the cake for us.
2The players did a great job today, carrying on the good work they achieved yesterday. The knock out stages were tough and playing Spain in the final was tense. We started well, but Spain pulled it back just before half time. However, a good second half try by Sonia Green got us back into it and we just then kept the pressure on and it paid off."
England opened the second day of European action with a 33-7 victory over Germany. Worcester’s Lydia Thompson opened the account with a second minute try which Richmond’s Alice Richardson converted. Heather Fisher, Kay Wilson and Michaela Staniford stretched England’s lead further with tries in the first half making the score 26-0 at half time.
After the break Alice Richardson added England’s final try before Germany registered their sole touch down to make the final score 33-7.
England faced Holland in the semi finals and although the Netherlands failed to score any points England were made to work hard for the win. Tries for Fran Matthews and Fisher secured the win with Richardson converting both touch downs.
Spain now only stood in the way of England and the European 7s title and it was a tense match. England opened the scoring with a sixth minute try, but Richardson missed the conversion. A penalty try for Spain however, which was converted, put Spain back in the reckoning and in the lead at half time.
Skipper Green scored a crucial 13th minute try to put England back on track and with Spain then penalised for constant infringement as England punished their try line England too were awarded a penalty try. With Richardson converting, England took the 17-7 victory and the European 7s title from Spain.
European 7s Results
Sunday, July 17
Pool Game: England 33 Germany 7
Tries: Thompson, Fisher, Wilson, Staniford, Richardson,
Conversions: Richardson (4)
Semi Finals: England 14 Holland 0
Tries: Matthews, Fisher
Conversions: Richardson (2)
Final: England 17 Spain 7
Tries: Matthews, Green, PT
Saturday, July 16
England 46 Romania 0
England 20 Sweden 5
England 20 Italy 7
England 15 Spain 0
England Sevens Squad
Jenny Brightmore (Worcester), Heather Fisher (Worcester), Sonia Green (Saracens), Sarah Guest (Worcester), Francesca Matthews (Richmond), Alice Richardson (Richmond), Michaela Staniford (Wasps), Lydia Thompson (Worcester), Danielle Waterman (Worcester), Kay Wilson (Richmond).