Japan ran out easy winners of the first leg of the Asian U20 Sevens last weekend.
Japanese team arrives in Hong Kong for this week's second leg (Photo: HKRFU)
The tournament featured teams from Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore with the Japanese team proving to be by far the strongest combination. After a close 29-19 win in their opening game with Thailand they did not concede another point in the tournament, beating Singapore 68-0 in the pool and then 71-0 on Sunday in the semi-final, and also seeing off the challenge of Hong Kong 38-0 in both Saturday’s pool game and Sunday’s final.
Thailand had looked like favourites to reach the final, following their good performance against Japan with and impressive 24-15 pool win over Hong Kong on day one. However on the following day Hong Kong decisively overturned that score to win their semi-final 31-5.
Three of the four teams will meet again this weekend for the second leg, this time in Hong Kong, the exception being that China will replace Singapore.
Asian U20sL First Leg (Johor, Malaysia)
Saturday 15th August
Pool: Japan 29-19 Thailand
Pool: Hong Kong 48-0 Singapore
Pool: Japan 68-0 Singapore
Pool: Hong Kong 15-24 Thailand
Pool: Japan 38-0 Hong Kong
Pool: Singapore 0-45 Thailand
Sunday 16th August
Semi Final: Japan 71-0 Singapore
Semi Final: Thailand 5-31 Hong Kong
3rd/4th: Singapore 0-48 Thailand
Final: Japan 38-0 Hong Kong