England Women better men by winning London Sevens

 

England Women outshone their male counterparts as they beat Australia to win the London Sevens.

The men lost 14-7 to Australia in the Cup semi-finals, but after edging past Canada, England Women eased to a 31-7 win over the Wallaroos in the final.

The London leg of the Sevens World Series  at Twickenham was the last men's tournament before the Sevens World Cup in Moscow from 28-30 June. 

Men's world champions Wales warmed up for their defence by winning the Bowl.

Men's final 2012-13 standings*

1. New Zealand 173 pts

2. South Africa 132

3. Fiji 121

4. Samoa 104

5. Kenya 99

6. England 92

7. Wales 91

* top seven only

They beat France 19-7 in the final after a 21-12 victory over Samoa in the last four.

England's men have had a difficult 2013 World Series campaign and went into London in eighth place in the standings.

After topping their group they beat South Africa 19-14 in the quarter-finals and in the semis took the lead against Australia with a try from Dan Norton.

It was his 50th of the season and extended his lead at the top of the overall try-scoring charts, but a brace of tries from Australia, either side of the break, saw them into the final.

England eventually finished third after beating Kenya 26-19, with the prolific Norton scoring yet another try.

Australia went on be thrashed 47-12 in the final by New Zealand, who had already wrapped up the overall title after finishing second in the penultimate round  in Glasgow last weekend.

Men's IRB Sevens World Series

  • Nine tournaments in five continents across 10 months
  • Teams divided into pools of four teams in round-robin format
  • Games are two halves of seven minutes each
  • Top two teams in each pool advance to quarter-finals
  • Overall Series champions decided by total points won at all tournaments

England Women rode their luck on the way to their final of the women's event, which was not part of the IRB Women's Seven's World Series.

They lost 20-19 to Australia in their pool game on Saturday, and could have fallen at the semi-final stage on Sunday.

Joanne Watmore scored to put England 19-12 up against Canada, but the North Americans were awarded a penalty with the last play of the match.

However, with time up, rather than tap and go they kicked it into touch for a line-out and the referee blew for full-time.

In the final, England were never threatened and tries from Marlie Packer, Watmore and Katy McLean put them 21-0 up at half-time, before captain Michaela Staniford and Katherine Merchant added further tries after the break.

England now travel to Amsterdam for the final round of the women's Sevens World Series, in which they lie second, next weekend before joining the men in Moscow for the World Cup  at the end of June.