Indian women’s rugby team create history with first international 15s win
India defeated Singapore 21-19 to finish third in Asian Championships Division 1.
Just a year after making their 15-a-side international debut, Indian women’s rugby team beat the odds to claim a historic first-ever international Rugby 15s victory with a 21-19 win over Singapore in the Asia Women's - Division 1 Rugby XVs Championship.
The tournament was one of the qualifying rounds for the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand.
And if you were on the edge, your fingers crossed watching the calm and composed Mohammed Nabi take his side home on Saturday, you missed something equally, if not more, enthralling. India's scrum-half Sumitra Nayak kicked a penalty to claim the narrow victory in the dying minutes.
Our Indian Women’s Rugby Team creates HISTORY!!— Rugby India (@RugbyIndia) 22 June 2019
India pull off a stunner against top ranked Singapore to register their first ever test match victory!
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You are all CHAMPIONS!
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Sweety Kumari continued her fine form in the tournament, scoring two first-half tries to set India on way to victory.
India captain Vahbiz Bharucha then opted for a penalty which was successfully converted by Nayak before Annabel Woo Xui Ni scored her second try of the match to give Singapore the lead for the first time.
They looked in trouble when Singapore hit back with two tries of their own, but a third from India left the scores at 15-12.
However with another penalty, Nayak confidently stepped up to kick her second successful effort of the day, which proved decisive in the win.
The Asian tournament was being held at Southern Plains Sport Field, at the capital of Philippines from June 19 to 22.