MOSCOW, June 30 (R-Sport) - Russia powered into the bowl final at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Sunday, running in six tries to beat Uruguay 38-0 in front of a jubilant Moscow crowd.
After two defeats and a draw in the pool stage, Russia now have the chance for silverware in front of their home fans.
Three first-half tries ensured Russia stamped their authority on the game with a 19-0 lead at the break, Denis Simplikevich, Viktor Gresev and Ilya Babaev all going over.
In the second half, Igor Klyuchnikov’s first try of the tournament stretched the lead yet further, and Vladimir Ostroushko went over twice to pile on more pain for Uruguay.
Russia started with several substitutes in the lineup after coach Alexander Alexeenko opted to make five changes to the side that beat Spain in the bowl quarterfinal earlier in the day.
"We have 12 players in the team and we used those who played less at the tournament," Russia's coach Alexander Alekseenko said. "They came out and proved that we have 12 equal players. We have nothing to lose now, so they guys started to show the game that we had prepared."
Fighting the hosts for the third-tier title in the Russian capital will be Japan, who delivered a 24-21 defeat to Georgia .
The World Cup is being played in temperatures of over 30 degrees at Moscow’s Luzhniki arena and ends Sunday. It is the last edition of the tournament before sevens makes its Olympic debut in 2016.