On September 26th, the women’s rugby sevens final of the Hangzhou Asian Games was held in the stadium of Hangzhou Normal University (Cangqian Campus). China narrowly defeated the Japanese team 22-21 and won the championship.
In this event, China and Japan have always been old rivals. At the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, China lost to the Japanese team 5-7 and missed the championship. Since then, the girls of the China team have never given up their desire for victory. In the 2019 World Women’s Rugby Sevens Series in Japan, China beat the host Japan 7-0. In the group stage of Tokyo Olympic Games, China once again beat the Japanese host team 29-0, which made the girls feel more confident.
This time, they met again in the finals of the Asian Games, and both teams were determined to win the championship-
China took the lead in attacking at the opening stage, and Gu Yaoyao took the lead in completing the touchdown by using fake moves to shake off the opponent’s defense. In the first half, China played well and gained a 22-0 lead. In the second half, the China team was sent off by one person. The girls withstood the strong counterattack of the Japanese team in the unfavorable situation of 6-7, and finally won the gold medal with a narrow victory of 22-21. China team can win the championship without the tacit unity and cooperation and tenacious will. In the enthusiastic cheers of the audience, the girls of the China team embraced warmly to celebrate this hard-won gold medal.
Fierce confrontation, quick sprint, clever evasion … Rugby has always been a "brave game". Compared with women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, which have attracted much attention from fans, China women’s rugby sevens is a relatively unpopular group ball game. However, this team has made gratifying achievements in the international arena several times in the past 10 years. At the Tokyo Olympic Games, the China Women’s Rugby Team realized its long-cherished wish of going out of Asia, and made a historic entrance to the Olympic Games stage and advanced to the quarter-finals.
It’s not easy for the girls of China football team to achieve today’s good results, and they deserve it.
The China women’s football team that appeared in the Asian Games was almost exclusively "post-1995" players and several "post-00" teenagers. They have excellent physical fitness, hard daily training, and often can give full play to their speed advantage, and finally have the initiative in the competition.
Lu Zhuan, head of the Chinese coaching team of the China Women’s Rugby Team, said: "Some of our old players didn’t play because of injuries, and many young players were used in today’s game. I believe that in the follow-up competitions, they will definitely have more exciting performances. " It is also the pursuit and desire of the China Women’s Rugby Team to let more people know and fall in love with rugby through the venue of the Hangzhou Asian Games. "I am very happy. I hope everyone can join these highly antagonistic sports. They will bring us many different feelings. " After winning the championship, China team member Liu Xiaoqian said.
After winning the Asian Games, China women’s rugby team will challenge the qualification of the Paris Olympic Games. We also believe that these girls who dare to fight and fight will definitely create more glory in the next competition. (People’s Liberation Army Daily, Hangzhou, September 26th, by reporter Li Shihe and Qiu Jianhui of the People’s Liberation Army Daily; Figure/Liberation Army Daily reporter Wang Chuanshun photo)
Source: Liberation Army Daily