Rugby: S'pore men's and women's teams advance into SEA 7s finals

Singapore's Bronson Ro (centre) tries to go past Brunei's Brian Carey (left) and Mohd Wafiy bin Haji Adanan.
Singapore's Bronson Ro (centre) tries to go past Brunei's Brian Carey (left) and Mohd Wafiy bin Haji Adanan. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Laos' players try to bring down (left) Singapore's Lai Pui San.
Laos' players try to bring down (left) Singapore's Lai Pui San. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - The Singapore national men's and women's rugby sevens teams both booked their spots in the inaugural Southeast Asia Sevens finals, after a day of non-stop action on a sweltering Friday at Yio Chu Kang Stadium.

The men's team eased past their Group B opponents, beating Indonesia (45-0), Laos (31-0) and Brunei (47-0) to finish top of the group. They will face Group A winners Thailand in the final.

The ladies had a tougher route to the final, having lost 5-29 to Thailand in their opening match. But a subsequent 28-7 win over Laos meant they finished second to face Group A winners, the Philippines, in the semi-final. 

Stepping it up a gear, tries from centre Lai Pui San and scrum-half Eunice Chu earned them a 12-5 win and a berth in the final, where they have the chance to make amends against main rivals Thailand.

The men's developmental team, named the Singapore A team, displayed glimpses of potential, but ultimately lost all three games in a tough group A comprising regional powerhouses the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. 

They eventually finished overall seventh out of eight teams after a 28-0 win over Indonesia in the seventh/eighth position play-off.

The women's final will start at 12:56pm at the National Stadium on Saturday, after match eight of the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens between England and Portugal, while the men's final will begin at 16:17pm, after match 16 between England and Samoa.