RugbyX got underway at The O2 arena, and was an instant success with the crowd and players alike.
In the women’s competition the first semi-final saw home side England take on France, a rivaly that always counts, know matter what the format.
This was a high scoring brutal affair that saw England progress to the final after a 35-20 victory. England took a 5-0 lead after only 2 seconds, a RugbyX record that will take some beating.
As is the nature of this game the lead changed multiple times, but England were able to see off a spirited French fightback with some fantastic defence. At one point this 10 minute match went 2 minutes without either side conceding a try. In such a fast game this rearguard action from both sides was incredibly impressive to witness.
England’s Heather Fisher was the difference in the closing stages as she ran in a wonderful try after some slick work on the wing. The home crowd were ecstatic and made their voices heard throughout Le Crunch.
Women’s favourites USA started with a bang and defeated their Irish counterparts, 30-15. Co-captain Alev Kelter with the honour of the first RugbyX hat-trick that saw a spirited Irish side brushed aside with relative ease.
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Post-match co-captain Kayla Canett said: “It’s a very exciting form of the game, you have to be turned on at every second. Going into the final we will be looking at what we can do a little bit better, and to have fun out there.”
“It’s a professional setting, and something I hope continues, it was extremely fun to play,” added Kelter.
Up next in the evening session, Ireland vs France in the bronze medal play-off and England vs USA to be crowed inaugural Women’s RugbyX Champions.