England's women win European Sevens title

(IRB.COM) Monday 18 July 2011
 England's women win European Sevens title
England celebrate European victory in Bucharest

England's women were crowned European Sevens champions on Sunday in Bucharest after a 17-7 Cup 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.

“Myself and Susie Appleby (assistant coach) are ecstatic," said head coach, Barry Maddocks. "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.

“The 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.”

Final standings

1 England
2 Spain
3 Netherlands
4 Russia
5 France
6 Portugal
7 Germany
8 Italy
9 Sweden
10 Moldova
11 Romania
12 Finland