Johnston helps GB Royals lift plate in Kazan

Tries in every match from Scotland Women player Stephanie Johnston helped Great Britain Women Royals win the Plate final at the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens Series in Kazan. Stephanie Johnston & GB Royals captain Rachael Burford

Johnston, who has been supported by Scottish Rugby to train full-time with the GB training squad since October, crossed the whitewash in all six matches and scored twice in the final against Spain, after her side was knocked out of the Cup competition by their GB counterparts.

The GB Lions finished day one at the top of Pool C after an exemplary first day in Kazan, conceding no points over the course of three games. However a disappointing 17-19 loss against hosts Russia in the semi-final prevented them contesting the overall title.

Following their semi-final disappointment, where Russia clinched the spoils in the dying seconds, GB Lions came back fighting to beat Ireland 32-0 for third.

Head coach Simon Middleton said: “Obviously I am disappointed as we came here with the intention of winning. The Lions played really well in five games but failed to execute to our standards in the Russia game.”

GB Royals finished day one second in Pool A, having found eventual winners France too good, losing 7-31, while beating the Netherlands (19-10) and Finland (44-0). Following their quarter-final loss, they faced Portugal in the semis and a hat-trick and two converted tries from Emily Scott, plus two tries from Megan Jones and one from Johnston, secured an easy 36-0 path into the Plate final.

Of the Royals, Middleton said: “The overall depth of quality in the squad was reflected in the quarter final game between the two sides where no quarter was asked or given.

The quality in the Royals side is reflected in the semi and final scores that resulted in them lifting five percent on a more regular basis as that is what will be needed to medal in Rio.”

GB Royals & GB Lions in Kazan, Russia

GB Royals

Keira Bevan, Natasha Brennan, Rachael Burford (C), Sioned Harries, Megan Jones, Stephanie Johnston, Fran Matthews, Marlie Packer, Emily Scott , Michaela Staniford, Sian Williams, Kay Wilson

Plate final

Royals 44 – 0 Spain
Tries: Packer, Johnston (2), Wilson (2), Staniford, Jones (2)
Conversions: Scott (2)

Plate semi-final result

Royals 36 – 0 Portugal
Tries: Jones (2), Scott (3), Johnston
Conversions: Jones, Scott (2) 

Quarter-final result

Royals 5 – 25 Lions
Try: Johnston

Pool A results

Royals 19 - 10 Netherlands
Tries: Johnston, Burford, Matthews
Conversion: Scott (2)

Royals 7 - 31 France
Tries: Johnston
Conversions: Scott

Royals 44 - 0 Finland
Tries: Harries, Jones (2), Staniford, Joh

nston, Wilson (2), Williams
Conversions: Jones (2)

GB Lions

Claire Allan, Abbie Brown, Heather Fisher, Vicky Fleetwood, Natasha Hunt, Jasmine Joyce, Sarah Mckenna, Katy Mclean, Alice Richardson (C), Danielle Waterman, Jo Watmore, Amy Wilson Hardy

Third place result

Lions 32 – 0 Ireland
Tries: Fleetwood (2), Brown, Allan, Watmore (2)
Conversions: Mckenna

Semi-final result

Lions 17 – 19 Russia
Tries: Watmore, Richardson (2)

s: Richardson

Quarter-final result

Royals 5 – 25 Lions
Tries: Joyce, Mclean, Hunt, Wilson Hardy
Conversions: Mclean (2)

Pool C results

Lions 48 - 0 Ukraine
Tries: Joyce (3), Allan, Brown (2), Fisher (2)
Conversions: Mclean, Richardson (2), Fleetwood

Lions 40 – 0 Portugal
Tries: Fisher, Wilson Hardy (2), Hunt, Mckenna, Brown
Conversions: Mckenna (2), Mclean (2), Brown

Lions 62 - 0 Spain
Tries: Fisher, Waterman, Brown, Joyce (2), Mckenna, Watmore, Allan (2), Hunt
Conversions: Mclean (3), Mckenna (3), Richardson