Wales Fall To Russians In First Round Of Irb Sevens
31 May 2002 16:58pm
WALES 12 RUSSIA 22
Wales suffered at the hands of the Russians in the first of their Pool games in the final round of the IRB World Series Emirates Airline Cardiff Sevens at the Millennium Stadium.
Russia swept in to a 15-0 interval lead courtesy of tries from Sergei Kermenko, Oavel Baranovski and Alex Iampolski before Wales struck back in the second half.
Emyr Lewis scored the first Welsh try a minute into the second half, with
Arwel Thomas converting, and then Gareth Baber cut the deficit to just three points with a second Welsh try.
However, with Wales pushing hard to win the game and follow up their good
form at Twickenham last weekend, Russia broke away and sealed the host nation's
fate with a fourth try from Andre Akouzin.
In the opening game in the Pool, England just pipped France. The French are Wales' second opponents.
Wales: Tries: Emyr Lewis, Gareth Baber; Con: Arwel Thomas.
Russia: Tries: S Kermenko, A Iampolski, A Kouzin; Con: V Motorin
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.