Portugal & Spain grab Euro Sevens glory

Portugal & Spain grab Euro Sevens glory

Portugal stormed to success at the Men’s European Sevens finals in Russia’s Moscow at the weekend. The 2008 champions faced France in the season’s grand finale, outlasting their opponents in the searing heat, to win through 12-5. The semi-finals proved to be tight affairs with Portugal beating Iberian rivals Spain (17-12) and the French knocking out hosts and defending champions Russia (17-12).

Portugal stormed to success at the Men’s European Sevens finals in Russia’s Moscow at the weekend. 

The 2008 champions faced France in the season’s grand finale, outlasting their opponents in the searing heat to win through 12-5.

The semi-finals proved to be tight affairs with Portugal beating Iberian rivals Spain (17-12) and the French knocking out hosts and defending champions Russia (17-12).

The Portuguese were beaten by Russia on the opening day’s Pool A clash but qualified thanks to wins against Georgia, Italy, Moldova and Poland.

Spain proved the form side in Pool B finishing unbeaten with impressive wins over The Netherlands, France, Romania and Lithuania.

Georgia will take confidence from their Plate victory with Moldova victorious in the Bowl.

Spain Women winners

In the Women’s competition it was Spain who triumphed, beating The Netherlands 12-28 with Julia Pla grabbing two scores.

The Spanish had beaten Portugal, The Netherlands, Russia and Finland during the pool stages and overcame France in the Cup semi final.

Defending champions England suffered surprising defeats to Italy and France in the qualifying rounds. But Natasha Hunt sudden death penalty ensured the English took the Plate against Russia. Sweden were winners of the Bowl.
 

Final standings

Men
Portugal - Cup winners, France, Russia, Spain, Georgia - Plate winners, Romania, Ukraine
Italy, Moldova - Bowl winners, Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland

Women
Spain - Cup winners, The Netherlands, France, Italy, England - Plate winners, Russia, Portugal
Germany, Sweden - Bowl winners, Finland

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