Rugby Sevens: Japan Wins Men’s Asian Sevens Championship

Japan defeated rivals Hong Kong in the final at the 2015 Asian Men’s Rugby Sevens Championship. 10 teams were split into two groups of five where the top two advanced to the semifinals and the winner of the tournament was given a spot to compete at the Olympics. The Asian Men’s Rugby Sevens Championship was held in Hong Kong, China from November 7th to November 8th 2015.

Japan was untested in Group A where they defeated all teams by at least 30 points on route to scoring 185 points and conceding none. The big match as to which nation will take the second position was between China and South Korea. In a close match South Korea was able to win by a try as they won 19-14 and advance to the semi-finals.

Hong Kong was mostly able to repeat Japan’s feats in Group B, but was put to the test against Sri Lanka where it took a late flurry of tries to widen the lead to a 27-12 win. Sri Lanka comfortably finished second in the group with 24-10 and a smashing 50-5 wins over Malaysia and the Philippines respectively.

In the semi-finals Japan continued its dominant force to defeat Sri Lanka 43-0 while Hong Kong struggled to distant itself in its 19-10 win over South Korea, setting up a final against the two biggest rivals in Asia. Hong Kong’s relative struggles finally surfaced in the second half of the final as Japan was soon able to take control of the match and while Hong Kong gave them the stiffest competition Japan ultimately won the title and Olympic qualification 24-10. South Korea won the third place match 26-21.

Hong Kong, South Korea and Sri Lanka will all have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at the final Olympic qualification tournament to be held in 2016.

Tournament Rankings

  1. Japan
  2. Hong Kong
  3. South Korea
  4. Sri Lanka
  5. China
  6. Malaysia
  7. Philippines
  8. Singapore
  9. Chinese Taipei
  10. Iran

References

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