27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Titova: It was hard for the Russian women’s rugby team to defend in the Universiade finals

It was hard for the women’s national rugby team of Russia to defend in the final game against the team of Italy at the Universiade, said a player of the national team Maria Titova to a R-Sport reporter.

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Universiade. Day 12. Rugby 7. Finals © RIA Novosti/Vladimir Astapkovich

On Wednesday, the women’s team of Russia defeated Italy (30:10) in the final game at the Universiade in Kazan.

“Today, it was particularly difficult to defend. We all were very tired, and defending was more difficult than attacking, and the Italian players are really good in rucking, and it is very difficult to struggle with them and seize the ball, while they successfully suppress other players rucking," said Titova to the R-Sport agency after the match. The agency’s interviewee noted that the team of Pavel Baranovsky was satisfied with their victory. “We could have played better, if we hadn’t played four days successively. In rugby 7, playing so many games successively is difficult. However, of course, we are very happy. We are happy that we have finished at last. Now, we have forces not to run, but only to go somewhere to have a rest, meet our relatives and friends," she concluded.

R-Sport, July 17