MOSCOW, June 9 (R-Sport) – Russia advanced to the semifinals of the rugby sevens Grand Prix Series in Lyon on Sunday with a convincing 19-7 win over Scotland.
The Bears have steamrolled the competition thus far, winning four of their five matches in the two-day opening round. They beat Germany, Italy, Portugal and Scotland by a combined score of 110-26. A 17-14 loss came at the hands of the host French, who finished atop Pool B with a 5-0 record.
In the semifinals on Sunday, Russia faces Pool A leader Wales while France takes on England.
The Lyon tournament, held at Matmut Stadium, is the first leg of the sevens European championship, which wraps up in England in late September, and is widely seen as a brush-up for the World Cup in Moscow later this month.
Russia has finished fourth the last two years after winning the European championship in 2007 and 2009.