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London Women's Invitational Sevens

Live coverage of the London Women's Invitational Sevens from Cardinal Vaughan will appear exclusively on this page from 10:15am on 11/05/2013 and 12/05/2013.

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London Women's Invitational Sevens stream will recommence at 11:12 for the plate semi finals, live from Cardinal Vaughan. The cup semi finals will begin at 12:11, live from Twickenham Stadium.

England Women’s Sevens head back to Twickenham this weekend (May 11-12) for the Women’s Invitational International Tournament at the Marriott London Sevens as they target a second consecutive win at the Home of England Rugby.

Barry Maddocks’ side kick off their two-day campaign against France before taking on Spain in their second game. They finish the Saturday against Australia before preparing themselves for day two. Also competing at Twickenham will be Canada, Russia, Ireland and the USA.

Day 2 Fixtures

Cup final

England v Australia (16:06)

Day 2 Results

Plate final

Spain 0 Ireland 26

Cup semi final ties

Australia 28 USA 7
England 17 Canada 12

Plate semi final ties

Russia 12 Spain 14
Ireland 12 France 7

Quarter final ties

USA 15 Spain 7
Australia 33 Russia 7
England 12 Ireland 0
France 5 Canada 12

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

England Women's Sevens wing Jo Watmore, who scored two tries in the semi-final victory over Canada

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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 reports

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 reports

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

England's Emily Scarratt in action at the London Women's Invitational Sevens

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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.

Day 1 Results

Pool A: England 38 France 0
Pool A: Australia 12 Spain 14
Pool B: USA 12 Russia 5
Pool B: Canada 22 Ireland 5
Pool A: England 17 Spain 5
Pool A: Australia 33 France 0
Pool B: USA 17 Ireland 14
Pool B: Canada 17 Russia 0
Pool A: Spain 7 France 0
Pool A: Australia 20 England 19
Pool B: Canada 10 USA 5
Pool B: Russia 24 Ireland 10

England 38 France 0

England's Jo Watmore is tackled against France

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England kicked off the tournament in style with a convincing 38 – 0 victory over France. Heather Fisher opened the scoring for the hosts before Marlie Packer found a gap in the French defense and sped to the line unopposed to open up an early lead. The French began to tire in the second half and England took advantage, two tries from Kat Merchant with another five-pointer from Packer sandwiched in between put England out of sight. Claire Allan rounded off an emphatic victory that sets the hosts up very nicely for their next match against Spain.

Australia 12 Spain 14

The shock of the round so far came from the Spanish as they upset world champions Australia and won 12 - 14. The women in gold started strongly with a try through Shannon Parry. Spain struck back through Berta Garcia who brushed aside the would-be tacklers and raced to the line. The stubborn Spanish defense was eventually broken again by Emilee Cherry but the conversion was missed. In the final minute Australia were made to pay when Elizabeth Martinez raced to the posts and Patricia Garcia added the extras to seal a huge win for Spain.

United States 12 Russia 5

The United States looked solid in their 12 – 5 win over Russia this morning. In the opening stages Victoria Folayan made American pressure tell when she found a gap and raced to the line to open up an early lead. The US struck again through Deven Owsiany, who finished strongly in the corner. Russia produced a late try from Rusiet Edidzhi but it wasn’t enough.

Canada 22 Ireland 5

Canada will be happy with their start to the tournament following a 22 – 5 win against Ireland. Canada were in command from the start scoring two tries in the opening exchanges from Lynne Cantwell and Alison Miller. The Canadians then extended their lead through Karen Paquin who squeezed in at the corner. Magali Harvey produced the pick of the tries for Canada when she slipped through 2 Irish tackles and rounded the last defender in a fine individual effort. Ireland scored a late consolation try through Aisling Hutchings but their fate was already sealed.

England 17 Spain 5

A persistent England side battled to a hard fought victory against a persistent Spanish team. An early try from Elizabeth Martinez meant that another upset was on the cards for Spain. England had a try disallowed for a forward pass, but that didn’t deter the hosts and just minutes later Kat Merchant crossed to level the scores. The game was a 5-5 stalemate until Emily Scarratt rounded off a good move with just 30 seconds remaining. There was still time for Joanne Watmore to add another try and seal the victory. England take on Australia in the final round of group games.

Australia 33 France 0

Australia eased to victory against a French side who are yet to register a point in this year's London 7’s. Australia took the lead through Tiani Penitani after two minutes and Brooke Anderson added another for the Aussies four minutes later. Sharni Williams latched onto a misplaced French pass to score the five-pointer before adding another minutes later. Australia rounded off the game in style when Charlotte Caslick got on the end of an Alicia Quirk grubber kick to score the final try.

United States 17 Ireland 14

A strong first half display from Ireland meant the United States had to come from behind to claim the victory in a closely fought contest. Early on, Jeannette Feighery opened the scoring for Ireland and the Americans almost leveled straight away but Victoria Folayan couldn’t ground the ball over the line. Ireland added another through Niamh Briggs before the Americans had try disallowed for blocking. A brace of second half tries for Folayan made up for her earlier error and along with a try from Kim Rosier meant the US came away with the win.

Canada 17 Russia 0

Canada dealt with the tricky conditions better than their Russian counterparts to run out winners in a slippery affair. Midway through the first half Ghislaine Landry showed a good turn of pace to get on the outside and bag a try. Three minutes later Kelly Russell pounced from close range to open up the Canadians lead. With a player in the sin bin Russia had no answer when Julianne Zussman raced towards the line to seal the victory for Canada.

France 0 Spain 7

Spain came out on top in a tight contest, in which neither team gave the other an inch. By their recent standards, the Spanish were rather subdued and the game was heading towards a scoreless first half. However, just before the hooter up stepped Marina Bravo to get the scoreboard ticking over and Patricia Garcia added the extras. The score didn’t change for the rest of the match despite France going a player down for two minutes. In the quarterfinals Spain play Pool B runners up America and France face a tough Canadian team, who finished top of Pool B.

England 19 Australia 20

It was a disappointing loss for the hosts who conceded in the dying moments against Australia, resulting in a narrow loss. England controlled the opening stages and Kat Merchant crossed to make their pressure tell. Moments later Marlie Packer was yellow carded, and in no time the Aussies ran in two tries through Emilee Cherry and Alicia Quirk. England struck back through Joanne Watmore early in the second half before Quirk crossed for her second. Michaela Staniford was on the end of a slick passage of play and looked to have sealed the win for England. But with no time left on the clock Cherry scored her second to secure the win for Australia. England face off against Ireland tomorrow and Australia play Russia in the quarterfinals.

Russia 24 Ireland 10

Baizat Khamidova was the star of the show for Russia, she crossed the whitewash four time to ensure her side were victorious against Ireland. In the first five minutes Khamidova had bagged herself a double salvo to give Russia a commanding lead at the half. Ireland hit back early in the second half through Lynne Cantwell but any hope the Irish had diminished when Khamidova scored two more times. Niamh Kavanagh grabbed one for Ireland but the game was already settled.

United States 5 Canada 10

Canada came out on top against their neighbors America in the final game of the day. Mandy Marchak scored in the second minute to get Canada off to the dream start, in a cagey affair the scores stayed level until the tenth minute when Canada extended their lead through Julianne Zussman. Vanesha McGee scored a consolation try for the Americans in the final moments but the game was out of reach.

 

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