On 13 July, Kazan’s Central Stadium played host to Day 1 of the Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Olympic Games Qualification Tournament. As a result, the quarter-finalists are known to compete for a berth at Olympics 2020 on Sunday.
The Russian national powerhouse took the first place in the group round of the qualifier, beating Team Sweden (29-0), Team Germany (55-0), and Team England (26-5). As the head coach of Team Russia Andrey Kuzin noted, the players went through this stage successfully thanks to their competitive spirit.
“Today is a good day. The first game was tough, the second one was much better, and the major match was that against England. At the moment, they have the best players possible. Even a couple of rugby fifteens of Team England play here,” noted Andrey Kuzin. “I like the vibes. When we play with this attitude, we are a success. Women’s rugby is based on the spirit. We do have good players, fast and strong, and everything is good if they show these qualities.”
“After all, our prep work didn’t help us in full,” said Team Russia’s Captain Alena Mikhaltsova. “In the third game, we stepped into the field as if it were a true battle because we needed to defeat England to avoid facing Ireland in the quarter-final tomorrow.”
The quarter-finals of the qualification tournament are Russia vs Italy, France vs Romania, Spain vs Poland, and England vs Ireland. “There are no weak teams here. Each wants to win, take the first place,” underlined Andrey Kuzin. “Each team will fight for a victory.”
“I’m satisfied with today, but no way to relax. Tomorrow is a big day with very important matches and we have no right to stumble,” added Mikhaltsova.
The winner automatically qualifies for Olympics 2020 to be held in Japan. Teams coming second and third will continue competing in the tournament’s next round.
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