Japan won both of their matches on day one of the Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Sri Lanka as they continued their good form in impressive fashion.
In the third and final round of the series Japan will be aiming to win a third Cup title on day two and were the only side to maintain a 100% record.
In the first match they beat Thailand 35-0 before captain Chiharu Nakamura scored twice in a 31-7 win over Hong Kong.
Elsewhere China and Kazakhstan played out a rare 0-0 draw in their pool match having both recorded wins in their opening matches.
For hosts Sri Lanka they, disappointingly, lost their opening match 27-0 to Hong Kong but bounced back to beat Korea 26-10 to the delight of the home crowd.
Thanuja Mudiyanselage and Dasuni De Silva Thommadura both scored a brace of tries each in the win that will give them confidence ahead of day two.
Head coach Sudath Sampath, who’s team play Japan in their final pool match, was pleased with his side’s efforts at the end of day one.
“We know our strength is our pace, and running out wide, so they stuck to the game plan well after a disappointing loss to Hong Kong earlier in the day.
“We have Japan tomorrow first and we must play to our potential.”
Captain Sanjeewani Wijethilake added: “I think we had too many mistakes in our first match. We started well but we have to do more. The crowd was very supportive today, it is our country, our people and we love playing for them.”
China 35-0 Thailand
Kazakhstan 41-0 Singapore
Hong Kong 27-0 Sri Lanka
Japan 46-0 Korea
Thailand 14-0 Singapore
China 0-0 Kazakhstan
Sri Lanka 26-10 Korea
Japan 31-7 Hong Kong
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