India end seventh in Goa Sevens rugby series

Panaji: Hosts India defeated UAE`s Arabic development squad UAE Shaheen 33-0 in the bowl final to finish in the penultimate spot in the eight-nation HSBC Asian Rugby Sevens Series` Goa Sevens here on Sunday.

Indian captain Rohan Sethna scored in the final to extend his record of scoring a try in all of India`s matches over the tournament, while Vikas Khatri scored a brace of tries in the final to see hosts India salvage some silverware from its home sevens.

Hong Kong, who were unbeaten throughout the tournament, won the Goa Sevens beating China 43-0 in the final. Hong Kong`s undefeated run was even more impressive considering that the country was fielding a squad in the Hyperion Paradise 7s in Noosa, Australia this weekend.

Hong Kong, which was blooding six new caps in Goa, started the competition with a comprehensive 47-0 victory over UAE Shaheen in the quarter-finals. They then survived a scare against a physical Kazakhstan VII in the semi-final.

Hong Kong finished the HSBC Asian Rugby Sevens Series 2011 ranked second behind Japan with China, Korea and Philippines joint-third on points.

China progressed to the final with a 36-7 win over Singapore in the quarter-finals and a 38-0 win over UAE in the semifinal.

UAE won the 3rd/4th place bronze medal match defeating Kazakhstan in a close run match 19-12.

In the Plate final, two teams making their debut appearance on this year`s HSBC Asian Sevens Series played a nail-biter with Iran emerging as champions after edging Singapore 12-7.