2008 FIRA Women's European Championship

The 2008 FIRA Women's European Championship was the 11th rugby union women's European championship organised by FIRA - AER.

2008 FIRA Women's European Championship
2007-05-17 - 2007-05-23
Host nation  Netherlands
No. of nations 16
Matches played 30

It took place in the Netherlands from 17 to 24 May 2008; for the first time since 2004 both the A and B championships were held simultaneously in the same host country.

Eight national teams took part to the Pool A: the four Home Nations plus France, Spain and the Netherlands; as for Italy they withdrew and were replaced by Sweden. Amongst the contestants in the Pool B were also the "France Défense XV", the French Army women's rugby union squad.

ResultsEdit

England won the Pool A title against Wales in the final. There were no tries in the match, which effectively amounted to a kicking duel, with each team dominating one half. Non Evans scored two penalties for the Welsh in the first half and Katy McLean scored four for England in the second half. The English took the title with a final score of 12 to 6. Both teams produced good play during the tournament; however, in this particular match the defence stole the lead over the attack and the precision and discipline of the English won the day. The new Champions of Europe succeeded France, who only managed to attain fourth place - despite the final score, 22-22, in the play-off against Ireland the last place on the podium went to their opponents as they scored more tries. A surprise placing for the Scottish who came in fifth, winning 27 -25 against Spain in an incredible match (8 tries), probably one of the best of the Championship with Spain just losing out in injury time. In the match for seventh place, the Netherlands beat Sweden 7 to 6.

It was an easy win for Russia in the Group B final against the French Military team. Faster and more organized, the Russian players took control of the match very early on when their full-back and team captain, Anastasiya Mukharyamova launched a counterattack from the 22 metre line and a few passes later, Anna Gottseva finished between the posts. Throughout the tournament Russia produced some splendid clean, creative and collective play. The speed and agility of their backs meant that they emerged as the team with the best attacking play. Their players took major risks and didn’t hesitate in launching counterattacks from anywhere on the pitch. It was no surprise when they won this afternoon in Amsterdam. Congratulations also to the Russian full-back Natalia Selyvtina, a very impressive “sidestepper”, who succeeded in scoring eleven tries during her team's five games. An incredible turnabout took place in the match for third place. Ten minutes from the end of the match, the Belgians were leading 15 to 7 and were expecting victory. However, they hadn’t counted on the courage of the Germans who scored two late tries, taking the lead in the last minute and eventually winning the match 19 to 15. In the match for fifth place, Romanian won 12 – 5 against Finland.

FIRA-AER officials also selected the best players of the Championship. The jury, made up of Technical Directors and Match Commissioners selected:

  • Group A, Barbara Pla, Spanish Back Row
  • Group B, Anastasiya Mukharyamova, Russian full-back and also team Captain.

The Fair-play prize was awarded to Russia

Pool AEdit

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
17 May – Amsterdam
 
 
  England80
 
20 May – Drachten
 
  Sweden3
 
  England22
 
17 May – Amsterdam
 
  Ireland11
 
  Ireland41
 
13 May – Amsterdam
 
  Spain7
 
  England12
 
17 May – Amsterdam
 
  Wales6
 
  Netherlands3
 
20 May – Leiden
 
  France24
 
  France10
 
17 May – Amsterdam
 
  Wales18 Third place
 
  Scotland10
 
13 May – Amsterdam
 
  Wales27
 
  Ireland22 (4T)
 
 
  France22 (3T)
 
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
20 May – Leiden
 
 
  Netherlands0
 
24 May – Amsterdam
 
  Scotland26
 
  Scotland27
 
20 May – Drachten
 
  Spain25
 
  Sweden0
 
 
  Spain22
 
Third place
 
 
24 May – Amsterdam
 
 
  Netherlands7
 
 
  Sweden6

Quarter FinalsEdit

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2008-05-17 England   80-3   Sweden Amsterdam [140/47/3]
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2008-05-17 Netherlands   3-24   France Amsterdam [85/127/22]
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2008-05-17 Scotland   10-27   Wales Amsterdam [112/119/20]
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2008-05-17 Ireland   41-7   Spain Amsterdam [90/83/9]

Semi-finalsEdit

CupEdit

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2008-05-20 England   22-11   Ireland Drachten, Netherlands [141/91/12]
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2008-05-20 France   10-18   Wales Leiden, Netherlands [128/119/13]

PlateEdit

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2008-05-20 Sweden   0-20   Spain Drachten, Netherlands [48/84/2]
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2008-05-20 Netherlands   0-26   Scotland Leiden, Netherlands [86/113/3]

7th/8th placeEdit

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2008-05-24 Netherlands   7-6   Sweden Amsterdam [87/49/10]

5th/6th placeEdit

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2008-05-24 Scotland   27-25   Spain Amsterdam [114/85/15]

3rd/4th placeEdit

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2008-05-24 France   22-22[1]   Ireland Amsterdam [129/92/15]

FinalEdit

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2008-05-24 England   12-6   Wales Amsterdam [142/120/25]

Pool BEdit

Round 1Edit

Group A: Final tableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against
1   France Defence 2 2 0 0 22 5 4
2   Germany 2 1 0 1 10 17 2
3   Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 10 0

Group A: ResultsEdit

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2008-05-19 Belgium   0-5   Germany Castricum, Netherlands [17/52/2]
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2007-05-19 Germany   5-17   France Defence Castricum, Netherlands [-/-/-]
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2007-05-19 Belgium   0-5   France Defence Castricum, Netherlands [-/-/-]

Group B: Final tableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against
1   Russia 2 2 0 0 71 3 4
2   Romania 2 1 0 1 16 37 2
3   Finland 2 0 0 2 5 52 0

Group B: ResultsEdit

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2008-05-19 Finland   5-13   Romania Utrecht, Netherlands [4/5/1]
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2008-05-19 Finland   0-39   Russia Utrecht, Netherlands [5/26/1]
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2008-05-19 Romania   3-32   Russia Utrecht, Netherlands [6/27/1]

Round 2Edit

Group A: Final tableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against
1   Russia 2 2 0 0 51 0 4
2   Belgium 2 1 0 1 15 29 2
3   Romania 2 0 0 2 7 44 0

Group A: ResultsEdit

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2008-05-21 Belgium   0-22   Russia Tilburg, Netherlands [18/28/2]
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2008-05-21 Belgium   15-7   Romania Tilburg, Netherlands [19/7/2]
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2008-05-21 Romania   0-29   Russia Tilburg, Netherlands [8/29/2]

Group B: Final tableEdit

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against
1   France Defence 2 2 0 0 39 7 4
2   Germany 2 1 0 1 46 13 2
3   Finland 2 0 0 2 3 68 0

Group B: ResultsEdit

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2008-05-21 Finland   0-29   France Defence Driebergen, Netherlands [-/-/-]
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2008-05-21 Finland   3-39   Germany Driebergen, Netherlands [6/54/2]
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2008-05-21 Germany   7-10   France Defence Driebergen, Netherlands [-/-/-]

FinalsEdit

5th/6thEdit

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2008-05-23 Finland   5-12   Romania Amsterdam [7/9/2]

3rd/4thEdit

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2008-05-23 Belgium   15-19   Germany Amsterdam [20/55/3]

FinalEdit

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2008-05-23 Russia   31-14   France Defence Amsterdam [-/-/-]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ireland awarded third place on try count, 4-3

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit