Just two weeks after hosting the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow, Russia has won the gold medal in both the men's and women's Rugby Sevens finals at the 27th World University Games in Kazan.
In the women's competition the hosts, featuring 11 of the side that reached the World Cup quarter-finals last month, beat Italy 30-10 in the gold medal match with Ruziet Edidzhi and Marina Petrova both scoring twice for the hosts.
In the semi finals, Russia beat Canada 31-5 to book their place in the final while Italian women performed heroics to build on a 7-5 half time lead and beat rugby powerhouse Great Britain 14-5 in the first of the semi finals.
In the men's competition Russia, boasting seven of the country's World Cup squad from Moscow, beat France 29-19 to claim gold with Ramil Gaysin scoring two of their five tries.
In their semi finals they held off a late challenge from a young South African side to edge them 17-14, to the delight of the vociferous home support before France overwhelmed Great Britain in the second of the semi-finals, 33-12.
On the fourth and final day's play in the women's competition, France beat Brazil 21-0 to win the Bowl, while China won the Plate after an impressive 19-15 victory over Ukraine.
Canada won the first Sevens medal of the Games, beating Great Britain 36-0 to claim bronze.
In the men's event, Canada lost to Georgia 26-12 in the final of the Bowl as Belgium proved too strong for Japan, winning 19-10 for the Plate.
Great Britain won the first medal of the men's competition, winning the bronze medal match 31-14 against South Africa.
Player Quotes of Support
“More than anything, Sevens embodies the Olympic ideals of camaraderie, fair play and respect on and off the field of play.” – Shane Williams, Wales
“You play sport at the highest level to challenge yourself to be the best that you can possibly be and to compete with the best from all over the world, and what better stage to do that on than at the Olympics?” – Sue Day, England
“Going to the Commonwealth Games was amazing and to have the chance to go to the Olympics would be right up there with anything you could possibly dream of doing in sport.” – Tamati Ellison, New Zealand
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