China claimed their second title of the year as they overcame hosts Thailand to win the Asian Women’s Sevens Championship in Pattaya on Sunday.
Both China and Thailand topped their pools so it was fitting they met in the final, but it was China, the Bowl winners at the inaugural Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens competition in March, edged the hosts 24-14.
The result meant that Thailand, another Asian women’s team to have played at the RWC Sevens 2009 in Dubai and the top seeds in this competition, finished runners up for the second year running, having lost to Japan in 2008.
Kazakhstan finished third after defeating Uzbekistan 26-0. Uzbekistan were arguably the best performers over the tournament with their fourth placed finish, having gone in as the number 8 seeds. They won three of their pool matches and also ran China close, losing out 19-5, to reach the Cup semi finals.
In the Plate competition, the United Arab Emirates beat Guam 12-7 in the final after overcoming Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei respectively in the semi finals.
Guam were one of six nations appearing in their first Asian Women’s Sevens Championship and along with Iran participated in the pool stages of Division I.
The other four – Laos, Cambodia, India and Malaysia – were all seeded in Division II and after defeating all of their opponents, Laos were crowned champions on Saturday.
The inclusion of these six teams participating for the first time, demonstrated the growth of the Women’s Game in the region and the tournament showcased a lot of exciting rugby and talent over the two days.
Singapore completed the list of trophy winners, after they edged a tight Bowl final against Iran 10-7.