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. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
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.

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