Euro success for England

Women fightback to beat Spain in the final

Last Updated: 18/06/12 9:54am

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Emily Scarratt: Scored a try in the final for England

Emily Scarratt: Scored a try in the final for England

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England Women threw down a marker ahead of the World Cup qualifiers by claiming the first leg of the European Sevens in the Netherlands.

England fought back from 10-7 down in the final against Spain to clinch the title with a 21-10 victory.

Rachel Burford had scored England's opening try, before Emily Scarratt and Joanne Watmore crossed in the second half to break Spanish hearts.

Earlier England had finished off their pool campaign with a 53-0 win over Switzerland - with Ruth Laybourn leading the way with six tries - while they then saw off the hosts 24-7.

And head coach Barry Maddocks is pleased with the way his side performed ahead of the qualifiers in Moscow.

Delighted

He said: "We are delighted to have won this title which puts us in a really good position ahead of the final round in Moscow later this month.

"This has been a challenging tournament especially the final against Spain, where they battled all the way.

"We were not as clinical in the final, and certainly did not play to our best - we know we are capable of more - but that is another stepping stone for us to look at and improve on for the final tournament of this season.

"However, it is great to see the girls digging deep and fulfilling our targets for this tournament."

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