Korea pulled off a monumental win on home soil over Japan, 17-12 and give themselves a great opportunity at qualifying for next year’s Rugby World Cup 7’s in San Francisco.
Jeong Yeon Sik was the hometown hero as he scored a brace of tries in the first half as Korea dominated the early physical encounters and allow Jeong the space to display his outlandish pace as Korea surged to a 17-0 lead.
But Japan was not to be overawed and the second half saw a home side show signs of nervousness as Ozawa and Stehlin scored to reduce the margin to five points with 2 minutes to go. And with momentum and possession on their side, it looked again as if Japan would complete the comeback, but a yellow card infringement put paid to Japan’s comeback as Korea held their nerve to win 17-12.
Hong Kong beat China to finish 3rd, Sri Lanka easily dispatched of Malaysia, 43-7 to claim 5th and Philippines were victorious over Chinese Taipei to finish 7th.
And earlier in the women’s final, Japan women held off a spirited China to take first blood in the Women’s Series with a 19-14 victory. Kazakhstan, who earlier pushed both Japan (15-17) and China (14-17) close in the respective matches claimed third ahead of Hong Kong. Sri Lanka climbed the ladder with a 24-12 win over Thailand and Singapore finished 7th ahead of Korea women.
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