Day One at London Women's Invitational Sevens

  • England progress to face Ireland in tomorrow's quarter finals
  • Spain v USA, Australia v Russia and France v Canada in the other ties


England 38 France 0

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. 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.