Russia reached the semi-finals in Sydney and a lot of that was down to the impressive work of Baizat Khamidova. Her performances saw her named the DHL Impact Player for the second round of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. 

The veteran forward, who has played 116 matches on the series, was in outstanding form for the whole weekend and finished top of the DHL Performance Tracker with a total of 52 points, beating Ireland captain Lucy Mulhall by three points.

Khamidova, who is renowned on the series for her remarkable tackle count, was equally devastating in attack as she was in defence.

Her hard line running and delicate handling mixed with impeccable tackling makes her a devastating force on the series. In Sydney she made 25 tackles, 14 carries, eight offloads and five breaks which gave her a total of 52 points.

Khamidova is the second Russian to be named DHL Impact Player in the 2018 series after captain Alena Mikhaltsova claimed the award in Dubai last December.

The next round of the series will take place in Kitakyushu, Japan, on 21-22 April.

 

DHL Performance Tracker - Sydney
PosPlayerTotalCountryTacklesBreaksOffloadsCarriesTotal
1BaizatKhamidovaRussia 7s52 Russia 7s 25581452
2LucyMulhallIreland 7s49 Ireland 7s 24171749
3YumeHiranoJapan 7s46 Japan 7s 19271846
4PortiaWoodmanNew Zealand 7s45 New Zealand 7s 121401945
5AlevKelterUSA 7s44 USA 7s 13532344
6ChiharuNakamuraJapan 7s44 Japan 7s 15291844
7AlenaMikhaltsovaRussia 7s43 Russia 7s 13442243
8MichaelaBlydeNew Zealand 7s41 New Zealand 7s 12812041
9StaceyFloodIreland 7s41 Ireland 7s 17331841
10JuliaGreenshieldsCanada 7s40 Canada 7s 10712240