Hong Kong's men secured their overall series title with a game to spare, with a 19-7 semi-final win over rivals Sri Lanka, before going on to overcome South Korea 24-19 in the Cup final.
Playing their first final, the brave Koreans fought back either side of the break to draw level at 19-19 with a minute remaining, but debutant Jason Jeyam's run set up Chris Maize to score out wide at the hooter to give Hong Kong a third cup win of the series.
The regional title secures Hong Kong's place in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier to be played as part of next April's Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Sri Lanka will also compete for a core team place on the series, having finished second overall. Regional heavyweight Japan are already qualified for the 2016-17 world series, having gained promotion last season.
Japan Women took out the cup in Sri Lanka 7s with a win over China & defended their Asian Sevens Title pic.twitter.com/v8xtAA3KRQ— Asia Rugby (@asiarugby) October 16, 2016
"It's been a great weekend. All of the young players on the field today have acquitted themselves well on the international stage. We have won three tournaments on the bounce and this group has some quality and can help us get onto the World Series, which is where we want to go," said Hong Kong head coach, Gareth Baber.
Japan claim Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Series
The women's competition in Sri Lanka served notice of the increasing competitiveness across the region. Having represented the continent at the Olympics, Japan's women started with two easy pool wins but came untuck against Thailand.
Thailand themselves then lost to China in one semi final, after Japan had overcome Hong Kong. Thailand then beat Hong Kong 19-5 to finish a highest ever third place before Japan over-powered China 17-5 to rubber-stamp their series defence.
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