China Women win Gold at Asian 7s Rugby Games

Asian Games 7s RugbyAt the Asian 7s Rugby Games last month, China defeated Japan in a thrilling Cup Championship 14-12. China is no stranger to Cup Championship matches as they most recently won the Asian Games in 2010.

Lilian Zhou gave the Chinese the perfect start with a try in the first minute, but Japan fought back to level the scores through Marie Yamaguchi’s try. It looked like the sides would be level at half-time but with the last play Shuchao Sun touched down to make it 14-7 to China.

The second half was equally tight and end to end with the score remaining that way until Chiharu Nakamura touched down for Japan. The conversion was crucially missed so China still led with three minutes to go and a nervous finish was guaranteed.

Japanese replacement Yoko Suzuki scored what she thought was the match-winning try right at the death, but it was ruled out by the referee for a forward pass and Japan had to settle for the silver – their first medal in the Asian Games women’s rugby competition.

Kazakhstan won the bronze medal after overturning a pool loss to Hong Kong with a 12-0 win in the third place play-off.

“We turned over too much ball and you can’t win a game unless you have possession,” said a disappointed Rose Fong, one of the stalwarts of the Hong Kong side.

China had earlier run in four tries past Kazakhstan, the side that beat them in the 2010 final in Guangzhou, to book their place in the final with a 24-12 victory, while Japan warded off a spirited Hong Kong side to win the other semi-final, 17-10.

Final standings | Asian Games

Women
1. China
2. Japan
3. Kazakhstan
4. Hong Kong
5. Thailand
6. Singapore
7. Uzbekistan
8. Malaysia
9. Korea
10. Laos

Full Results

Match

Time

Team 1

Score

Team 2

Score

Event

1 11:00:00 Japan 46 Uzbekistan 0
2 11:22:00 Singapore 19 Korea 0
3 11:44:00 Hong Kong 52 Laos 0
4 12:06:00 Thailand 52 Malaysia 0
11 14:40:00 China Uzbekistan
12 15:02:00 Japan 52 Korea 0
13 15:24:00 Kazakhstan 74 Laos 0
14 15:46:00 Hong Kong 65 Malaysia 0
21 18:20:00 China 31 Korea
22 18:42:00 Japan 60 Singapore 0
23 19:04:00 Kazakhstan 56 Malaysia 0
24 19:26:00 Hong Kong 33 Thailand 14
25 11:00:00 China 43 Singapore 0
26 11:22:00 Korea 7 Uzbekistan 10
27 11:44:00 Kazakhstan 22 Thailand 5
28 12:06:00 Malaysia 12 Laos 5
35 14:40:00 China 28 Japan 7
36 15:02:00 Singapore 22 Uzbekistan 0
37 15:24:00 Kazakhstan 7 Hong Kong 12
38 15:46:00 Thailand 37 Laos 0
45 13:00:00 Singapore 27 Malaysia 0 (5-8th)
46 13:22:00 Uzbekistan 0 Thailand 33
47 13:44:00 Korea 34 Laos 0 (9-10th)
52 15:34:00 China 24 Kazakhstan 12 Semi-finals
53 15:56:00 Japan 17 Hong Kong 10
56 17:02:00 Malaysia 5 Uzbekistan 12 (7-8th)
57 17:24:00 Singapore 38 Thailand 7 (5-6th)
60 18:30:00 Kazakhstan 12 Hong Kong 0 Bronze Medal
62 19:14:00 China 14 japan 12 Final

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