Rugby: Singapore women beat Sri Lanka 12-7 to win Plate final, finish 5th overall in Asia Rugby Sevens Series

SINGAPORE - Despite fielding a much-changed line-up for the 2016 Asia Rugby Sevens Series, the Singapore national women's team surpassed expectations by finishing fifth overall following the conclusion of this year's competition in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Republic had won two Plate trophies in earlier legs in Hong Kong (Sept 2-3) and South Korea (Sept 24-25) and added another piece of silverware as they defeated Sri Lanka 12-7 in the Plate final at the Race Course International Rugby Stadium on Sunday (Oct 16).

China claimed top spot, followed by Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand in the eight-nation continental tournament.

Singapore, who had beaten South Korea 12-7 in the semi-finals, have now finished fifth overall, bettering last year's sixth-place ranking.

Singapore had won silver at last year's SEA Games on home soil and finished runners-up at April's inaugural South-east Asia Sevens tournament.