Sunday, September 13, 2009

Kim Won Yong leads Korea to victory in IRB Asia Sevens inaugural tournament

Korea took Shanghai by storm over the weekend and despite some hiccups in the opening round against Hong Kong and despite a close run semi-final against Chinese Taipei, they did the double on Japan, beating them in the group stages and then blitzing them 40-19 in the final.
ARFU and KRU President Choi, Won-tae was on hand to see his team clean up and looked thrilled with the result.

Skipper Kim Yong Won was a constant buzzing threat throughout and key to Korea's superb strategy of keeping the ball alive continuously...almost to a fault as they spurned what seemed certain scoring chances rather than risk losing posession. Kim's leadership and all round attacking and defensive performance was recognised as he was awarded "Player of the Tournament" by Jarrad Gallacher, IRB Asia's Development Officer.

The crowd was steady and largely made up of expats, something that the organisers will look to next year but they must have been pleased with the overall result and look back on a job well done with entertainment and facilities holding up well.

Well done Korea and hope they carry it through this series!!

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