Lhe Spanish women’s rugby 7 team concluded this Sunday in sixth position in the Lisbon tournament, the first of the two stages of the European Championship that will be completed in a week in Krakow (Poland), after losing their last game, against the Czech Republic (12-14).
Spain played its final options in the first game on Saturday, against Ireland, who showed their favoritism in the first part with three trials facilitated by the temporary exclusion of María García Gala, who led the reaction in the second half of the ‘Leonas’ with a mark, whowhich was incomplete despite a second trial by María Calvo (14-21).
The weak Romania was easy prey in the second match of the Spanishwho immediately went ahead with three consecutive trials by Beatriz Domínguez, who made her debut as captain, and rounded off the 33-5 with new records by Bruna Elías and Olivia Fresneda.
Scotland, which had given the surprise against Ireland, was planted in the final thanks to the tie achieved against Pedro de Matías’s girls in a match in which all rehearsals were in the second half: Helen Nelson and Rhona Lloyd advanced to the caledonias and a double by Elías made it 14-14 in the end.
Four essays planted by Amaya Erbina and Marta Cantabrana, two per head, they eliminated Germany in the first half at the end of the group stage, already on Sunday morning, in a match in which new records by Iciar Pozo, again Erbina and Amalia Argudo set the final 52-7.
The duel for fifth place against the Czech Republic was an opportunity for the ‘Lionesses’ to mark the territory three weeks before the World Cup qualifier in Bucharest, where the Central European team will be one of their rivals, and a test by García Gala after three minutes put them on the right track.
Nevertheless, Kristyna Plevova equalized after a skilful dribble forward shortly before half-time and, at the beginning of the second part, his Anna Sladkova put the Czechs ahead with a personal move that ended between the sticks, which facilitated the transformation that ultimately earned him the victory because Spain stayed two points (12-14) after the incomplete mark of Ingrid Algar.