- England defeat Ireland to set up semi final clash with Canada
- First semi final will be between Australia and USA
Cup final report
England 36 Australia 7
After losing to Australia in the pool rounds England got the ultimate revenge, running out convincing winners in the cup final. The first try came in the very first minute, after chipping through Marlie Packer was on hand to pick up and dive over after good work by Jo Watmore. The hosts were in again two minutes later, this time Watmore shrugged off the Australian defense and grabbed a try for herself. On the stroke of half time Katy Mclean crossed the whitewash to give England a commanding 21 – 0 lead at the break. A try from Michaela Staniford and two for Kat Merchant in second half put England firmly in the driving seat. Tiana Penitani scored a consolation try for Australia but it didn’t affect the final outcome.
Plate final report
Spain 0 Ireland 26
A brace of tries from Lynne Cantwell ensured Ireland were the winners in the Plate final against Spain. After some cagey opening exchanges, Irish flyer Aisling Hutchings got on the outside and dived in at the corner. On the half-time hooter, Niamh Briggs sold the dummy and linked up with Cantwell to ensure a 12-0 lead at the break . Into the second seven minutes and the same combination linked up again to send Cantwell over for her second to extend the Irish lead. In the closing stages, Shannon Houston cut a great angle and went the distance to round of the tournament in style.
Cup semi finals reports
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Australia 28 United States 7
Australia were the first team to progress through to the cup final, overpowering the United States on their way. The Aussies were on top for the majority of the game but it was the Americans who struck first through Victoria Folayan. From then on in it was all Australia, a try either side of half time for Sharni Williams putting the Aussies in the driving seat and two more Australian tries secured the victory.
England 17 Canada 12
England set up the final with Australia after a hard fought semi final against Canada. First-half tries for Emily Scarratt and Michaela Staniford opened up a 12-point lead. The Canadians came flying out of the blocks in the second half and thanks to tries from Karen Paquin and Arielle Dubissette-Borrice the scores were level in no time. With the clock ticking down, Joanne Watmore produced a superb solo effort to outrun a desperate Canadian defence and claim the victory for the hosts.
Plate semi finals
Russia 12 Spain 14
In the first semi final of the day, Spain defeated Russia to progress to the final of the plate competition. Khamidova’s impressive form continued and she scored the opener in the first few seconds. Then, Maria Casado cancelled out Khamidova’s try with one of her own in the fifth minute. Spain had a try disallowed and early in the second half, Khamidova went in again to give Russia the lead. With a player in the sin bin, Russia had no answer when Berta Garcia pounced from close range, the conversion was successful and Spain are on their way to the final.
Ireland 12 France 7
A disappointing tournament comes to an end for France who crashed out after defeat against Ireland. It was all Ireland in the first half and eventually Niamh Briggs opened the scoring on the stroke of half time. France were equally dominant in the second half but couldn’t crack a stubborn Irish defence. Against the run of play, Jennifer Murphy scored a breakaway try in the 13th minute to seal the win Ireland. France managed a consolation try in the final moments through Caroline Ladagnous but it wasn’t enough and Ireland go through to face Spain in the plate final.
Cup quarter finals
Spain 7 United States 15
A strong second half display from the United States was enough to see them through to the semis, leaving Spain in their wake. Victoria Folayan opened the scoring for the Americans when she gathered a kick through by Christy Ringgenberg. Spain hit back virtually straight away through Maria Casado, but that was to be their last try of the tournament. A second half brace from Vanesha McGee was enough to see the US through to the semi where they face Australia.
Australia 33 Russia 7
Australia won their quarterfinal with a convincing win over Russia, but it wasn’t as easy as the score line suggests. The Russian defence stood firm until the sixth minute, then the floodgates opened. Tiani Penitani scored two tries in as many minutes before half time. Katrina Barker pounced when Russia failed to gather the restart and bagged herself a try. Baizat Khamidova managed to get one back for Russia, but Australia scored two more through Emilee Cherry and Nikki Etheridge to progress to the semi’s.
England 12 Ireland 0
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A convincing first half display against Ireland was enough to see the hosts progressed through to the semi finals. Marlie Packer found space down the short side and opened the scoring after 2 minutes. Just a minute later Joanne Watmore was on hand to claim the second try, and that was it for the scoring. Strong defensive displays in the second half meant that neither side troubled the scorers again. England will face Pool B winners Canada in the semis.
France 5 Canada 12
True to form, the Canadians progressed with a victory over their French counterparts in the final game of the morning session. Ghislaine Landry managed to find space and score for Canada after it appeared the attack had fizzled out in the fourth minute. The Canadians were made to work by the French and they managed to grab another try in the tenth minute thanks to Karen Paquin who cut a great angle. French managed to register their first points of the tournament in the final minute of the game when Caroline Ladagnous crossed.