27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kazakova: It was difficult for Russian rugby players to psych themselves up for Universiade final

It was difficult for the players of the Russian rugby team to prepare psychologically for the final match at the Universiade, but they managed to perform the tasks, set before them, Ekaterina Kazakova, a representative of the national team, said.


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

On Wednesday, the Russian players defeated the Italian team (30:10) in the rugby 7 tournament in Kazan.

 “It was difficult to psych ourselves up for a today’s match. All we were tired physiologically as well, but we managed, nevertheless, to perform our tasks, what is the most important. Before the match, we have always the only task, that is to maintain discipline of a match and our result depends on how we perform this task”, - Kazakova said after the match to the reporter of R-Sport. In her interview to the agency, the player said that the rugby players “are satisfied with a today’s match, however, they could play better”. “Definitely, there were moments when our defensive line was broken, we stopped running lines, and it was obvious near the “pitch” that we were pinned. It was some kind of fleeting confusion, but we psyched up, formed a line and began defending”, - she explained.


R-Sport, July 17