Japan wins gold in women's rugby sevens

Japan wins gold in women's rugby sevens

By Arumanto

Jakarta, Sept. 1 (Antara) – The Japan women's rugby sevens team clinched the 2018 Asian Games gold medal after beating defending champion China, 7-5 at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) rugby field in Senayan, Jakarta on Saturday night.

In the fifth minute, Yume Hirano brought the ball past China’s defense line and scored Japan’s first try, which earned the team five points.

Japan’s Yume Okuroda converted a try and added two points for Japan, bringing the score to 7-0 in favor of Japan.

China worked hard to make a comeback in the second half. Chinese player Keyi Chen infiltrated Japan’s defense line and scored the first five points for China in the second minute.

Chen failed to add more points after missing a conversion in the third minute.

The 7-5 advantage for Japan remained unchanged until the end of the second half.

China, which won the gold in the 2014 Asian Games, had to settle for the silver this year.

Kazakhstan, which won the gold when rugby sevens made its Asian Games debut in 2010, secured the bronze after outclassing Thailand with a score of 29-7.

Yume Hirano said she was happy to win the title.

“We are grateful that we could get through this difficult game. The opposing team played well, but in the end, we emerged as the champion," she said.

Indonesia team manager Dadi Gumbiro commented that Japan deserved to be the champion despite the strong resistance shown by China in the game.   

"The Japanese players have the speed and the power. They deserve the title," Dadi said

AG Media and PR in cooperation with The Jakarta Post