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España accede a la final del Campeonato de Europa femenino de rugby

2011 mayo 4
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por Manuel Becerra

Campeonato de Europa Femenino (04/05/2011)

Trámite superado, y a la final

Con seis cambios con respecto al partido anterior en su quince inicial, las jugadoras de Inés Etxegibel y Beatriz Muriel han cumplido con el trámite de imponerse a Suecia en un partido lento y trabado en el que la defensa volvió a ser la clave de los éxitos para el conjunto español.

España salió en tromba. A los cuatro minutos de partido Marina Bravo anotó los tres primeros puntos gracias a un golpe de castigo. Suecia, lejos de amilanarse ante las vigentes campeonas de Europa, se vino arriba y comenzó a generar juego a partir de su melé, más pesada que la española.

Sin embargo fue España quien golpeó de nuevo. Tras una larga jugada muy trabajada por la medio melé española, Isabel Rodríguez, esta asistió a Bárbara Pla para que ensayara por el lado cerrado. Era el minuto 12 de partido y España mandaba 8 a 0.

Hasta el descanso Suecia lo intentó una y otra vez, pero la ordenada defensa española y los fallos en su juego a la mano impidieron que sumara más puntos que los de un lejano golpe de castigo convertido en el minuto 22.

En la reanudación Inés Etxegibel dio entrada a Ángela del Pan y Aitziber Porras dotando de una mayor estabilidad al juego corto español; cuestión que se consumó a los pocos minutos cuando la segunda línea del CR Cisneros, Lía Bailán, culminaba una jugada de pick and go sobre la línea sueca sumando así cinco puntos más (13-3 min 48).

Con 30 minutos por jugar y a más de un ensayo de diferencia, España conservó el balón y mantuvo a las suecas lejos de la zona de 22. El broche final al partido y la clasificación lo puso Marina Bravo al culminar una elaborada jugada de todo el equipo español. El trabajo de la delantera cedió protagonismo a la tres cuartos que movieron el oval de una banda a la otra hasta que la apertura del CR Majadahonda encontró el hueco en la defensa.

España disputará la final del Campeonato de Europa por segundo año consecutivo el próximo sábado a las 17:00horas en la Universidad de A Coruña. El rival será Inglaterra que ha accedido a la final tras vencer, como España, los tres partidos de su grupo, 5 -0 a Italia; 36-0 a Holanda y 39-0 a Rusia.

Ficha técnica:

Campeonato de Europa Femenino
4 de mayo de 2011, Universidad de A Coruña
18:00 h.
Público: 800 espectadores
15º, nublado, terreno de juego en perfectas condiciones

Anotaciones:

3-0 min 4 Golpe de castigo anotado por Marina Bravo
8-0 min 12. Ensayo anotado por Bárbara Pla
8-3 min 22 Golpe de castigo anotado por Suecia
13-3 min 48 Ensayo anotado por Lía Bailán
18-3 min 62 Ensayo anotado por Marina Bravo

Alineación España:
1.-Mari Sequedo; 2.-Aroa González; 3.-Rocío García; 4.-Amets Castrejana; 5.-María Ribera 6.- Lía Bailán; 7.-Clara Costa; 8.-Sara de la Llama; 9.- Isabel Rodríguez; 10.- Marina Bravo; 11.-Julia Plá; 12.- Marta Lliteras; 13.-Bárbara Pla; 14.-Laura Esbrí; 15.-Patricia García.
Banquillo: 16.-Nerea Otxoa; 17.-Aitziber Porras (x4 min 40); 18.-Paula Medín; 19.-Ángela del Pan (x7 min 40); 20.-Meritxell Carreras (x3 min 62); 21.- Ana Crespo; 22.- Vanessa Rial (x14 min 60); 23.-Isis Velasco (x11 min 70); 24.- Berta García; 25.-Elisabeth Martínez; 26.- Agurtzane Orbegozo (x10 min 62).

Thursday, May 05, 2011


More exciting rugby in Spain

Desperate Italian defence in the closing moments
of their game v Netherlands

FIRA 2011 continues to throw up some thrilling – and surprising – rugby. On Monday it was Spain shocking France by a single point – yesterday it was the turn of the Dutch, who beat Italy 22-17 in a fantastic game that see-sawed from one side to the other before a last second (and hotly disputed) Dutch try won the game.

The result of this was to promote the young and experimental Netherlands team to a 5th place play-off against Sweden, renewing one of the game’s oldest rivalries. The teams first met in 1984 – long before England first made it onto the field – and Netherlands have won 13 of their 15 meetings.

Sweden pushed Spain close, going down only 18-3, though the Spanish were obviously keeping their powder dry for Saturday’s final. Opponents England eased past Russia 39-0. Seven tries – which is good – but only two converted, which slightly worrying.

The day was rounded off with a 109-3 victory by France over Finland – 17 tries in a rout that did not let up from the 2nd minutes to the final whistle. France will now take on Italy in the 3rd place game, while the tournament will be rounded off with Russia facing neighbours Finland for 7th place.

As for the final, England A and Spain met in March in Guildford, with England running out 34-7 winners. However that is probably not much of a guide, partly because England are somewhat changed, but mainly because Spain are playing their more important game of the year (decade even), and in front of a vocal and partisan crowd. Should be a great game/



Spain and England A to meet in Trophy final

(IRB.COM) Thursday 5 May 2011
Spain and England A to meet in Trophy final
France ran in the tries against Finland but can finish no higher than third at the Women’s European Trophy – Photo: Alberto Segade

Defending champions Spain will have one eye on revenge when they come face to face with England A in the final of the Women’s European Trophy 2011, having lost 34-7 when the sides met at Surrey Sports Park in March.

Spain, who claimed both the European Sevens and Fifteens titles in 2010, took the lead in the third minute of their match with Sweden and never looked back, scoring tries through Bárbara Pla, Lía Bailán and Marina Bravo in an 18-3 win.

The Pool A winners will now face an England A side which has not conceded a single point in overcoming Italy, the Netherlands and Russia, the latter slipping to a 39-0 defeat to finish bottom of Pool B despite a promising opening win over the Dutch.

Wing Fran Matthews and centre Ceri Large scored a try in each half at Fontecarmoa on Wednesday, with fly half Sarah McKenna, number 8 Nicola Hoole and replacement Charlotte Male also touching down for England A.

“I am delighted with the result and the fact that we are through to the final,” admitted England A coach Mike Barnett. “Russia were hard to break down and again this wasn’t an easy game, but to now have three games where we haven’t conceded any points is particularly pleasing.

“We are now where we want to be ahead of the final. We have improved in each game and now we have got to make another step up to face Spain. I am expecting them to be a much tougher side than when we played them last.

“They have been preparing for this tournament for quite some time and this is certainly their big tournament of the year. They’ll be a completely different proposition and will be much stronger with home support.”

Last gasp Dutch win

France A finished the pool stages strongly with a 109-3 victory over Finland, a relative newcomer having only played their first women’s rugby international in 2007, but have to settle for a third place play-off against Italy.

The French women ran in 17 tries with full back Clemence Gueucier claiming a hat-trick and centre Pauline Raymond, wing Anais Poirot, number 8 Audrey Forlani and replacement Audrey Parra scoring braces.

Finland did manage to score their first points of the tournament through centre Anna Soiluva’s first half penalty, and despite conceding more than 100 points for the second time in three matches are bound to be learning a lot to help them in the future.

They will now face Russia in the seventh place play-off, the Russians one of three sides in Pool B to win a single match but the failure to collect and try-scoring or losing bonus points means they prop up the standings.

Italy suffered their second loss of the tournament after conceding a last minute try to go down 20-17 against the Netherlands, but the two losing bonus points and try-scoring one from the win over Russia mean they pip their conquerors to second place.

The Italians looked to have secured the win after fly half Michaela Tondinelli’s conversion gave them the lead for the first time in the 65th minute, but the Netherlands had other ideas. Despite the win, they will face Sweden, a young side rebuilding after Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010, for fifth place overall.