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.
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.