NEW DELHI, June 22: The Indian women’s rugby team scripted history by registering their first-ever international 15s victory. India beat Singapore in the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship Division 1.
Scrum-half Sumitra Nayak’s dying minutes heroics helped India clinch a narrow 21-19 victory and finish third in the competition.
The historic win sparked wild celebrations. In fact the Indian players were so overcome by emotion, there were tears of joy flowing as well.
Sweety Kumari, who has been in red hot form in the tournament, scored two first-half tries to put India on the verge of a historic victory. Singapore, however, tried to restore parity with two tries. But the lead was in favour of India 15-12 after a third try.
Nayak converted a successful penalty before Annabel Woo Xui Ni scored her second try of the match to give Singapore the lead for the first time. But another successful penalty by Nayak proved decisive for India in the landmark victory.
A huge step forward for Indian women’s rugby, that could well be a watershed moment in the context of the future of women’s rugby in the country. (ToI)