Asian Rugby Results: 6-8 September 2019
The whole world and Asia are edging closer to the Rugby World Cup in Japan this September. Around the region, there was 7s action in Thailand, social rugby 10s in the Philippines as well as national championships in India and Singapore. Japan themselves hosted the Springboks for their final RWC warmup game while Asian nations were competing to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the wheelchair Rugby Asia-Oceania championship. Here are the rugby results from the 6-8th September from across Asia!
Japan vs South Africa
In our preview of the Brave Blossoms hosting the Springboks on Friday night, the last warm-up game for both sides before the Rugby World Cup starts on September 20th, we said that the “Japanese would love to beat the Boks again, but will also be wary of the South Africans backlash, and a heavy defeat will do their morale no good two weeks out from their opening game of the Rugby World Cup.”
Japan, in the end, was well beaten by the SA team, who will see the victory as a measure of redemption for the RWC loss in 2015. However the Japanese did test the South Africans, ultimately the Boks were too powerful and scored most of their tries through their wings. The hot steamy conditions at the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, also showed that the weather will be a challenge for any RWC team that is unfit or ill-prepared for a sweaty ball and high humidity. You can read more about the game here.
- Japan 7-41 South Africa
The wheelchair rugby tournament took place in Korea and featured 5 international teams: Korea, Japan, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Japan and Australia had already qualified for the Olympics 2020 so the other national teams were playing for the honours of qualifying and going to Tokyo next year.
Japan won all of its round-robin games to set up a Gold medal match versus Australia. New Zealand finished 3rd in the pool and took on Korea for the qualification berth for 2020. Thailand was eliminated, finishing last of the 5 teams.
Singapore Under 19 League 2019
The 4th round of games in the SRU Under 19 men’s league was played over the weekend and the Bucks RFC sealed a big win 65-0 over Bedok Kings to remain in the top spot in the league.
In the other fixtures, SCC also claimed a huge win over Wanderers RFC, 71-0 to stay second in the league. Saints RFC and Oldham RFC played in the remaining game, with Saints trumping the home team 36-8 to move into 3rd place.
- SCC 71-0 Wanderers RFC
- Bucks RFC 65-0 Bedok Kings
- Oldham RFC 8-36 Saints RFC
The full table and results can also be seen here.
The Chang International Rugby 7s was held in Bangkok, Thailand over the weekend with women’s and men’s teams in action.
The DAC Lao Nagas won the Women’s Cup Chang 7s beating Bangkok University 10-0 in the Final. The Laotian player Xeelor Bliayao was awarded the best female player of the rugby tournament.
Rimau (national Malaysia 7s team) won the Men’s 7s tournament, beating Awesome RC in the final. Thai Police and Singapore had lost their respective semi-finals.
The Men’s DAC Lao Nagas were fielding a young team and beat Hanuman RFC Cambodia in the Chang 7s 24-21 to claim 7th spot.
National teams or representative teams from Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia were all using the tournament to prepare for the SEA Games in December, hosted in the Philippines.
See more photos and all the results on the Thai Rugby Union Facebook page.
- DAC Lao Nagas
- Bangkok University
- Lady Volcanoes Development (Philippines)
- Air Force
- Rachaperuk 62
- Phimai Rugby Club
Men’s final standings
- Rimau (Malaysia)
- Awesome RC
- Air Force
- Navy Club
- Wangderm Club
- Wanderers RFC
- DAC Laos Nagas
- Hanuman RFC Cambodia
Fat Boy Tens 2019
The Clark Jets won the Fat Boys 10s 2019 in the Philippines over the weekend. We could not confirm all results at the time of publishing but we can confirm these results from the Pot-Bellied Pigs FB page:
- Cup Final: Clark Jets beat Subic Sharks
- Saucer Cup Final: PB Lites 0-21 Makati Chiefs
- Plate Championship Final: Ocean Baboons v Valley Kangeroos
- Bowl Championship Final: Makati Mavericks v Cebu Dragons
- Shield Championship Final: Fiss Potts v PB Heavies
Calcutta Cup 2019
The Calcutta Cup in India was won by the Jungle Crows (Women) & Kolkata Police (Men). Jungle Crows were hoping for a double, but their men narrowly lost their Cup final 28-25 to the Kolkata Police. The Jungle Crows women beat Adibasi in their Cup final 22-5 to claim the honours.
- Women: Jungle Crows 22-5 Adibasi
- Men: Kolkata Police 28-25 Jungle Crows
2019 Callaghan Cup
Elsewhere in India, the Callaghan Cup was played out in Chandigarh. The KISS – Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences were crowned the men’s champions and the Rugby Warriors Chandigarh took the women’s title.
Men’s Division 2
- Delhi Rebels
Women’s Division 2
- Rugby Warriors Chandigarh
Men’s Division 3
- Greater Mumbai Police
- Black Dots Punjab
Follow all the rugby tournaments being played this September in Asia on our Rugby Calendar and the rugby tournaments being played in Asia during the Rugby World Cup.