Iran achieves an honorable place in the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy
Iran achieves an honorable place in the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy 2017
Iran participated in the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy 2017 on friday 3rd March & saturday 4th March 2017 at the Aspire Warm Up Track and Rugby Stadium in Doha.
The Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy (ARST), an 11-nation continental championship, was hosted by the Qatar Rugby Federation (QRF). The event was in an annual series of regional rugby seven’s tournaments run by Asia Rugby that follows the sport programme of World Rugby and its regions which reflect the diverse sporting culture of the continent.
The tournament schedule involved a total of 26 matches including, pool play (round robin) followed by quarter-finals, semis and playoff matches. Each team will played two matches on Day 1 before entering the quarter-finals on day two. There were three finals played – the Cup, Plate and Bowls.
The nations competing were: Iran, Jordan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines, Thailand, India, Pakistan, UAE, Singapore and the hosts Qatar. The participants attended the Coffee Brewer-sponsored top grade competition, which is second only to the Asia Rugby Sevens Series in the order of importance.
The competition was won by Philippines Volcanoes who trounced Thailand 41-7 to emerge as runaway winners in the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy 2017 in Doha. The Philippines Volcanoes were coached by the former All Black, Frano Botica.
Iran achieved an honorable 6th place among 11 teams. As predicted by Iran coach
Mehdi HassanAli in an interview before the games with the Federation of sports associations, Iran Rugby team must perform well on the first day and gain the 1st place in its pool in order to avoid a strong Philippines team on the second day. As it is in sport, however Iran qualified for the second place at the end of the first day, and met Philippines head on the second day.
These competitions are very important to the development of Rugby in Iran. The achievement of 6th place is fair results that can be build on in future competitions.
First day results:
Iran 33 Bangladesh 5
Iran 0 Thailand 31
Second day Results:
Iran 0 Philippines 42
Iran 17 India 5
Iran 10 Qatar 24