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European teams shine in WXV competitions

Spain and Ireland are set to meet in the WXV 3 decider this coming Saturday in Dubai after they both made it two wins from two in round two of action.

On Friday, Spain defeated Fiji 26-19 at The Sevens 2 venue and it was a really close game for 80 minutes.

Spain led 14-12 at half-time and then just managed to get over the line to add to their opening victory over Kenya.

Claudia Peña Hidalgo scored two tries for Spain here with Maria Roman Mallen also crossing and Amalia Argudo kicking 11 points.

The lack of a bonus point against Fiji leaves Spain on nine points, second in the table to Ireland who have 10 points from 10.

That is because at the same venue on Saturday they added to their 109-0 round one victory over Kazakhstan with a 54-3 bonus point triumph over Colombia.

Neve Jones (2), Natasja Behan, Grace Moore, Meabh Deely, Brittany Hogan, Edel McMahon, Beibhinn Parsons (2) and Leah Tarpey scored tries with Dannah O'Brien and Meabh Deely contributing with the boot.

In WXV 2 in South Africa, Italy and Scotland also have their eyes on silverware heading into the third and final round.

Italy are currently top of the standings on points difference and they will take on USA this coming Saturday while Scotland will play Japan on Friday.

Last Friday, Italy defeated South Africa with a bonus point 36-18 to get to 10 points.

Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi, Aura Muzzo, Alissa Ranuccini, Vittoria Vecchini and Alyssa D'Inca scored tries for Italy in the Athlone Sports Stadium in Cape Town. Beatrice Capomaggi kicked 11 points as they took advantage of South Africa having Aseza Hele red carded after 50 minutes.

Earlier in the day at the same venue, Scotland got the better of USA 24-14 with a bonus point.

Francesca McGhie, Emma Wassell, Rhona Lloyd and Chloe Rollie scored Scotland’s tries with Helen Nelson and Meryl Smith adding conversions.

WXV 1 in New Zealand is a week behind the other two events, but what a first week of action it was.

On Friday at the Sky Stadium in Wellington, England laid down a marker with a 42-7 triumph over Australia, the latter team having discipline issues which did not help their cause.

Hannah Botterman, Ella Wyrwas, Marlie Packer (2), Jess Breach and Megan Jones scored the English tries with Holly Aitchison converting them all.

On Saturday at the same venue, Carys Phillips, Georgia Evans and Alex Callender were the Wales try scorers and Keira Bevan kicked seven points, but they went down 42-22 to Canada.

Later that day, France put in an amazing performance against world champions New Zealand to get the better of the hosts 18-17.

Emilie Boulard and Cyrielle Banet scored French tries while Morgane Bourgeois kicked a conversion and two penalties.

England will play Canada this coming Friday with Wales up against New Zealand on Saturday and then France playing Australia.

Photos: World Rugby

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