SEA Games: Singapore's men and women claim bronze and silver in rugby 7s

Singapore's SEA Games men's rugby 7s team (above) had to settle for a bronze medal, while the women took silver. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER
Singapore's SEA Games men's rugby 7s team (above) had to settle for a bronze medal, while the women took silver. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - It was a disappointing Sunday for Singapore rugby, as the men and women settled for bronze and silver medals respectively in the SEA Games competition at Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

They had also finished in the same positions when the sport last featured at the 2007 edition in Korat. The hosts were tipped as pre-tournament favourites, coming off good showings in recent overseas training camps.

Despite being cheered on by 3,000 fans, the Republic's women were blitzed 0-39 by defending champions Thailand in a one-sided final.

The men, meanwhile, beat Thailand 21-0 in the bronze play-off. They had lost to the same opponents 10-14 in the group phase earlier in the day, dashing their dream of reaching the final.

The Philippines, who did not lose a single match over two days of action, stormed to the gold with a 24-7 victory over Malaysia.

nsanjay@sph.com.sg

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