27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Petrova: The women’s rugby team of Russia won the Universiade thanks to unity

The women’s national rugby 7 team of Russia won gold medals at the Universiade because it was a united whole in the final game, said Marina Petrova, a player of the national team.

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

On Wednesday, Russia’s girls defeated the team of Italia (30:10) in the final game at the Universiade in Kazan. “Everything was interchangeable in our team: in case someone got tired, then people who had more energy helped and did their best. We were a united whole, and that helped greatly. This night we will have a rest: we will visit the Closing Ceremony and I think we will spend this night together with the team, because we have got used to it and can not do without each other,” said Petrova to journalists after the match. The athlete acknowledged that they hadn't yet realised that Russia’s national team had become the winner at the World University Games in Kazan. "I am still thinking that I have missed something, have failed in some aspects, but some time later I will realize that and a feeling of emptiness will come, because we have given all forces we got, and we are tired. Frankly speaking, it was hard. Both psychologically and physically, but we did it, we have won," she explained to the R-Sport agency. Petrova noted that the match schedule in Kazan had been very hard. “We are not used to having such a schedule, and this requires certain alternations to be made to psychological preparation. Some players are at their peak during the first two days; besides, probably, a well-coordinated team play also helped us, and we struggled till the very end, until we won," she concluded.

R-Sport, July 17