Great Britain Lions, featuring Danielle Waterman, finished third at the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens in Kazan on June 12.
The GB team, who are preparing for the Rio Olympics, finished day one of the European Sevens tournament top of Pool C after an exemplary first day, conceding zero points over the course of three games. However, a disappointing 17-19 loss against hosts Russia in the semi-final on day two prevented them contesting the overall title.
Following GB’s semi-final disappointment, where Russia clinched the spoils in the dying seconds, Waterman and her teammates came back fighting to beat Ireland 32-0 for third place. The Lions dominated throughout, with a brace of tries each for Vicky Fleetwood and Jo Watmore, supported by touch downs from Abbie Brown and Claire Allan.
Head coach Simon Middleton said: “Obviously I am disappointed as we came here with the intention of winning. The Lions played really well in five games but failed to execute to our standards in the Russia game.”
Claire Allan, Abbie Brown, Heather Fisher, Vicky Fleetwood, Natasha Hunt, Jasmine Joyce, Sarah Mckenna, Katy Mclean, Alice Richardson (C), Danielle Waterman, Jo Watmore, Amy Wilson Hardy
Third place result
Lions 32 – 0 Ireland
Tries: Fleetwood (2), Brown, Allan, Watmore (2)
Lions 17 – 19 Russia
Tries: Watmore, Richardson (2)
GB Royals 5 – 25 GB Lions
Tries: Joyce, Mclean, Hunt, Wilson Hardy
Conversions: Mclean (2)
Pool C results
Lions 48 – 0 Ukraine
Tries: Joyce (3), Allan, Brown (2), Fisher (2)
Conversions: Mclean, Richardson (2), Fleetwood
Lions 40 – 0 Portugal
Tries: Fisher, Wilson Hardy (2), Hunt, Mckenna, Brown
Conversions: Mckenna (2), Mclean (2), Brown
Lions 62 – 0 Spain
Tries: Fisher, Waterman, Brown, Joyce (2), Mckenna, Watmore, Allan (2), Hunt
Conversions: Mclean (3), Mckenna (3), Richardson