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Sporting Chance Foundation win ladies final.

Dubai: International Ladies trophy winners Sporting Chance Foundation, otherwise known as England, have promised to leave nothing to chance when the Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens comes to town in March.

SCF can count themselves fortunate, but their persistence paid off and they managed to steal a thrilling 12-10 victory over defending champions Saudex Wooden Spoon, who many will agree dominated the game for long periods.

Alice Richardson and Danielle Waterman scored tries in each half and one of them was converted as SCF registered their sensational comeback win in injury time.

Fighting back

They were forced to chase the game twice after the British and Irish rugby charity surged ahead through tries scored by Lucy Millard either side of half-time.

SCF coach Simon Amor said: "It was a very tough match. They [the Spoons] dominated possession throughout, but we were pushing hard and ultimately it was more to do with mental toughness. The ladies have show that they've got what it takes to crack an opposition and this should serve us well in the World Cup in March.

"The World Cup is a long way off and I'm sure the teams will come back stronger then, but we're going to be up there too - no matter what quality opposition we're up against."


His skipper Sue Day added: "It's an awesome performance, a result of good teamwork. We'll take it one game at a time, but it shows that our steps are being taken in the right direction."

Disappointed Scotswoman Millard said: "We were effective and efficient and dominated much of the game, so it's frustrating not to come out at the end as winners. I am pleased and disappointed at the same time."

Earlier, the all-English Sporting Chance Foundation squad had made the finals with a 12-5 victory over Rugby Canada, who were making their first appearance at the Dubai Sevens, while the Wooden Spoons earned their spot with a 17-7 win over USA Women.

Meanwhile, WOP Netherlands beat Aylesford Bulls 25-7 to clinch the Plate honours.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Nov 30, 2008
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