Singapore have won the Asian Trophy in Jakarta, while Mongolia made their international sevens debut.
At the end of a tight tournament in the Indonesian capital, Singapore came out on top to win the first Asian Trophy tournament since 2019, and as a result a likely return to the top-level Asian Sevens in 2023.
Singapore were the favourites to take the title having never had to play at this level before, but in practice any of the top four teams could have taken the title. Singapore and India won their respective pools on the first day, but both of the semi-finals were won by single scores, Singapore just edging the UAE 15-10, while India ended the hopes of the hosts by 17-12.
However, in the final Singapore’s experience seemed to count as they beat India 17-5.
For India it was again the disappointment of ending as runners-up, as they had in 2019.
The tournament also saw the international debut of Mongolia, whose highpoint came in the 5th place semi-final on the second morning when they beat Nepal 10-5, recording their first international points as well as a first win.
Pool A: Indonesia 43 - 0 Nepal; Singapore 38 - 0 Nepal; Singapore 24 - 14 Indonesia
Pool B: India 39 - 0 Mongolia; United Arab Emirates 17 - 10 Guam; India 26 - 21 Guam; United Arab Emirates 31 - 0 Mongolia; India 21 - 0 United Arab Emirates; Guam 17 - 0 Mongolia
5th-8th Place Semi Final: Nepal 5 - 10 Mongolia
Semi-Finals: Singapore 15 - 10 United Arab Emirates; Indonesia 12 - 17 India
5th Place; Mongolia 0 - 50 Guam
3rd Place: United Arab Emirates 24 - 7 Indonesia
Final: Singapore 17 - 5 India