SCOTLAND AND GERMANY WOMEN'S TEAMs PROMOTED TO 2018 WOMEN's GRAND PRIX SERIES
After the second leg of 2017 Women's Sevens Trophy Serie,
The second leg of Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Trophy 2017 took place this week-end in Esztergom (Hungary) hosted by the Hungarian Rugby Union.
After the first leg held in Ostrava last month, the twelve competing teams aimed to grab one of the two tickets to access 2018 Sevens Grand Prix Series and above all to the two last places worth of relegation to Conference division.
On Saturday morning, Moldova ruled out of the competition as not present in Hungary. There was so a single place dedicated to relegation. After first leg, Malta (1pt), Israël (2pts) and Latvia (3pts) were the worst positioned. Unfortunately, Malta could not save its place, suffered three losses in pool-games (Scotland, Finland, Czech Republic) while Latvia accessed to Cup quarter-finals as one of the best third-ranked team just before Israel.
Hungary finally won the Challenge Trophy at home, defeating Israel (14-5).
At the top of standings, Scotland, Germany and Ukraine dominated their pools winning all their games. They kept the pace in Quarter-finals joined by Romania as in Ostrava last month. The oppositions were different but the results were the samee and Germany and Scotland were face to face for the final. As a consequence, both teams secured their place in 2018 Grand Prix Series.
Impressive from the beginning of the competition scoring 206 points (before the final) without conceiding any, Scottish ladies didn't fail the final game - scoring 5 tries (33 points) to win a second title in a row. Despite the defeat, Germany will remain as the sole team scoring points to Scotland (5).
Congratulations to all teams for the good spirit during all the competition.
Replays of games available on http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/2017-womens-sevens-trophy-m30-hungary-vs-israel
Hereafter ranking of the tournament and the series :