SCOTLAND WOMEN finished sixth at the Marcoussis Sevens after losing 35-7 to England on Sunday afternoon in their final game of this Rugby Europe Grand Prix series opener. The result means that they are the highest ranked non-World Series core nation heading into the second leg in a few weeks’ time, and are in a strong position to reach the 2020 qualifying tournament in Hong Kong, which offers the chance to become a core team in the 2021 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
Scott Forrest‘s side lost 19-26 to Spain and 22-14 to Ireland during the pool stage on Day One, but then picked up a 24-7 win over Italy to qualify for the top tier knock-out competition on Day Two. They were then hammered 44-0 by Russia, but reached that fifth place play-off final by defeating Belgium 31-7.
“I am really proud of the squad over the weekend,” said captain Helen Nelson. “We had a tough pool on Day One but put in good performances against Spain and Ireland to get a top eight spot.
“We had a few player changes in the squad who really stepped up, including new cap Sarah Denholm. We learnt a lot and are developing in every tournament. I am excited to see what we can do at the next tournament in Ukraine.”
Forrest added that he was satisfied with how his team performed.
“Overall for the weekend we are pleased with where we finished with sixth place, that essentially was our target,” he explained. “Our performances were up and down over the weekend, but we played to where our ranking was. The World Series core teams came out strong this weekend as their results will count towards the rankings for the Olympic qualifiers.
“Overall, we are pleased with where we finished up, but we know that we can make improvements. Our results have put us in a really good place looking into the Ukraine Grand Prix leg in a few weeks’ time.”
Scotland Women 7s will play in the second leg of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series in Kharkiv, Ukraine on 20-21 July.