The much-anticipated Asia Rugby Seven Series 2023 kicked off yesterday with a whirlwind of action-packed matches. From stunning comebacks to dominant displays, the first day of the tournament was nothing short of thrilling.
The Asia Rugby Seven Series kicked off in electrifying fashion on its first day, with teams from across the continent converging to showcase their rugby prowess. The opening match between Japan and China set the tone for an action-packed day, with China staging a remarkable comeback to secure a thrilling 24-22 victory in Men’s Pool A.
The atmosphere at the Asiad Namdong Stadium was charged with excitement as Japan took on China in the first game of the tournament. China displayed remarkable resilience, turning the tables with a sensational comeback that left spectators on the edge of their seats. As the day progressed, the intensity of the matches continued to captivate the audience.
By the end of three rounds, Japan emerged as the frontrunners in Men’s Pool A, boasting two wins. Following closely were Hong Kong China and China, both teams showing their mettle with impressive performances on the field. In Pool B, hosts South Korea stamped their authority with an impressive undefeated record, showcasing their determination.
The UAE secured a respectable second place with two wins, while the Philippines demonstrated their mettle with one victory. Singapore and Malaysia, unfortunately, found themselves at the bottom of their respective tables after day one, as they were unable to secure a victory. Nevertheless, their determination remained unwavering, and they are sure to come back stronger in the upcoming matches.
The Women’s category witnessed a similar display of intensity and talent. Japan’s dominance continued as they secured top honors in Pool B, solidifying their reputation as a rugby powerhouse.
China emerged as the leaders in Pool A, setting the stage for an exciting clash between two formidable teams. Kazakhstan overcame an initial scoreboard setback to stage an impressive comeback. Despite struggling in their opening match, Kazakhstan demonstrated resilience as the day unfolded, securing the third position in women’s Pool A.
Their timely recovery positioned them closely behind Hong Kong China, who clinched two victories and held the second spot. Meanwhile, in Pool B, Thailand and the Philippines emerged as strong contenders, trailing behind the leading Japan. Malaysia found itself at the bottom of the table after the day’s matches.
The standout performer of the day was Japan’s Honoka Tsutsumi, who left spectators in awe with her remarkable performance. Scoring an impressive five tries from three games, she showcased authority on the field. Michiyo Suda complemented Tsutsumi’s efforts by converting eight tries, contributing significantly to Japan’s success.
Despite failing to secure a score, Singapore’s women’s team left an indelible mark on the tournament with their exceptional display of rugby. The opening day of the Asia Rugby Seven Series set the stage for a riveting tournament ahead.
The Asia Rugby Seven Series is off to a spectacular start, setting the stage for a thrilling journey ahead on the final day. As the teams gear up for the subsequent matches tomorrow, it remains to be seen who will emerge as the ultimate winners of this prestigious sevens tournament.