Japan recorded a 21-12 victory over Hong Kong in the Asia Rugby Men’s Sevens Series final in Incheon.
It was an enthralling final but Japan’s victory means they join their female compatriots in winning the first silverware of the season.
Tom McQueen finished a well-worked move from Hong Kong to score the first try of the final but Ryota Kano, Naoki Motomura and a breakout effort from Chihito Matsui ensured the victory for Kensuke iwabuchi’s side.
“We are stoked, I am proud of the boys. We came with a mission and we got the result we came for,” said Japan captain Kameli Soejima.
All roads are leading to the Olympic Games qualifiers in November, also in Incheon, and with Japan guaranteed a spot as hosts, Hong Kong will be buoyed by their performance in Korea.
China finished third in the competition after beating hosts Korea 24-19 despite trailing 19-5 midway through the second half.
Seong Bae Lee scored one of the tries of the weekend for Korea but Yinghao Gao, luda Liu and Zhenye Hu hit back for China who scored their winner after the final hooter had sounded.
Sri Lanka won the Plate beating the Philippines with a last-minute winner from Reeza Raffaiden.
The UAE finished seventh with a 31-5 win over Chinese Taipei. Sakiusa Naisau scored two in the win taking his tally to six for the tournament, with Kinivilame Natuna also adding two.
2. Hong Kong
5. Sri Lanka
8. Chinese Taipei