India, the Philippines and hosts Indonesia were the only three sides to win both of their pool matches on day one of the Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Trophy.
On a sweltering day in Jakarta, the nine teams participating and attempting to qualify for next season’s Sevens Series put on a display of enthralling rugby.
Hosts Indonesia shocked Korea, who were relegated from the Series last season and among the favourites to gain promotion this year, with a 24-12 victory in the final women’s match of the day. Veronika Olua, Lesley Deda and Ni Nirmala (2) scored the tries in the upset of the day. In their first match, they beat debutants Bangladesh 41-0.
After their historic victory in the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship, India continued their fine form with two wins on day one.
Sweety Kumari once again stole the show scoring two hat-tricks in their 34-0 and 29-14 victories over Chinese Taipei and Guam.
The Philippines were the only side not to concede a point on day one, beating Qatar and Laos 27-0 and 24-0 respectively.
Elsewhere Bangladesh made history with their first-ever appearance on the international sevens circuit, with Runa Akther scoring their first try in a 43-5 defeat to Korea.
There was also a historic moment for Giao-yun Luo. She scored Chinese Taipei’s first try on the Asia Rugby sevens circuit.
All of the action from day two will be streamed live on the Asia Rugby Facebook page as the battle for promotion to next season’s Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Series continues.