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Japan''s Dai Ozawa crosses the line for one of his 2 tries in the HSBC A7s Singapore Sevens final
Japan regains HSBC Asian rugby sevens series crown


10 Nov 2013
Singapore, November 10, 2013: Japan took the Asian rugby sevens crown back from Hong Kong on Sunday with a gutsy 24-19 victory in the final of the Singapore Sevens – the fourth and final leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series. 

A superb second-half fight back from Japan denied Hong Kong a second successive title as the HSBC Asian Sevens Series came to a thrilling end with the archrivals battling it out for the fourth time in the final. 

Hong Kong led 19-5 at the break and seemed on course to defend their title but Japan hit back strongly to run in three unanswered tries to clinch victory and the series.

Japan captain Katsuyuki Sakai said: “When you put on the national jersey of Japan there is a responsibility to leave everything you have on the pitch. I am very proud of the team that we stayed with it even being down a few tries and were able to come back for the victory.”

Japan won the opening two legs of the series in Malaysia and Thailand and, with their Singapore success, ended with 47 points - two points in front of Hong Kong, who only managed to win the India Sevens in Mumbai. 

The biggest shock of the tournament occurred in the quarterfinals when the much-fancied Sri Lankans were knocked over by China 17-12. The resurgent Chinese went on to finish third, their highest placing this season, after defeating South Korea 33-14 in the third place play-off.
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