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China win Asian Women’s Rugby 7s Championship


Summary of story from DNA, October 3, 2011

Tournament favourites China won the inaugural Asian Women’s Rugby 7s Championship, triumphing 31-12 over Kazakhstan at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sport Complex in Balewadi, India.

China, beaten by Kazakhstan in the final of last year’s Asian Games, dominated from the start, racing to a 15-0 lead by half time, thanks to flanker Gao Yan regularly breaking Kazakhstan’s defensive line.

Kazakhstan’s Olga Kim and Sretlana Klyuchnikora attempted to mount a comeback with a try in the second half, but full back Wang Qian Li sealed victory for the Chinese with a solitary run from the left flank.

China claimed the title after an unbeaten run through the championship, beginning their knockout round campaign with a 41-0 win over host nation India.

The hosts finished eighth, after losing all of their matches on the second and final day of the championship.

Japan rounded out the top three, beating Thailand in the third-place playoff.

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