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England Women Sevens meet Ireland in Moscow quarter finals

07 June 2014

  • Three wins from three for England’s Women
  • England to take on pool rivals Ireland again
England's Amy Wilson-Hardy


England Women booked their place in the last eight of the European Sevens Grand Prix in Moscow after three wins from three today on Saturday.

First up, England were convincing winners against Belgium who had little response to England’s seven-try win. Hannah Field ran in a brace of tries whilst Amy Wilson-Hardy, Fran Matthews, Abigail Chamberlain, Emily Scott and Natasha Brennan were all on the scoreboard.

Next up and England took on Portugal. Despite going behind early, England managed scores from Brennan (2), Scott and Leanne Riley and the 24-7 win came relatively easily.

In the final game of the day, England took control early on against Ireland, running in three tries before the break courtesy of Wilson-Hardy and Brennan (2). The one-way traffic continued after the restart with Sarah McKenna and Riley (2) scoring, making the final score 34-5.

England Women’s Sevens Head Coach Simon Middleton said: “We have achieved everything we wanted to achieve today. We recorded three wins from three but as well as that we wanted to improve game on game, improve on our consistency and that last game against Ireland really showed that.

“This is a very different squad to the side that has been competing in the World Series and the newcomers have really come on and proved themselves whilst the likes of Fran Matthews, Leanne Riley and Emily Scott have taken on and embraced the lead roles. We are in a good position and looking forward to the next round.”  


Natasha Brennan (Richmond)
Abigail Brown (Hartpury)
Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond, captain)
Hannah Field (Richmond)
Sydney Gregson (Bristol)
Sophie Lee (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Francesca Matthews (Richmond)
Sarah McKenna (Saracens)
Leanne Riley (Saracens)
Emily Scott (Thurrock)
Joanne Watmore (Richmond)
Amy Wilson-Hardy (Bristol)

FIRA/AER Moscow Playing schedule:

Saturday June 7

England 41 Belgium 0
Tries: Field (2), Wilson-Hardy, Matthews, Chamberlain, Scott, Brennan.
Conversions: Scott (3)

England 24 Portugal 7
Tries: Brennan (2), Scott, Riley
Conversions: Scott (2)

England 34 Ireland 5
Tries: Wilson-Hardy, Brennan (2), McKenna, Riley (2)
Conversions: Scott, McKenna

Sunday June 8

Quarter finals

England v Ireland, KO 7am BST