LAHORE - As many as 12 matches were decided on the inaugural day of the ‘Mera Passion Pakistan’ National Women 7s Rugby Championship here at the Punjab Stadium on Saturday.

In the first match of the day, Samundri Crabs lost against Sports Sciences Rugby Club by 10-0. The second match between Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and Rawalpindi Rams were ended in a draw. The third match saw Sargodha Eagles crushing Baghbanpura Rugby Club by 40-0. In fourth match LRFC for Women downed Samundri Stars by 15-0. In fifth match of the day, Samundri Crabs thrashed Lahore Hawks by 35-0, LCWU routed Fata by 10-0 in the sixth match, Bhagbanpura won against Lodhran Spartans 10-0 in the seventh match, Samundri Stars defeated Lodhran Chak Himta 10-0 in the eighth match, Sports Sciences Rugby Club overwhelmed Lahore Hawks 17-0 in the ninth match and Rawalpindi Rams beat Fata 5-0 in the 10th match. The 11th match of the day saw Sargodha Eagles registering convincing 20-0 victory against Lodhran Spartans and in the last match of the day, LRFC for Women outlasted Lodhran Chak Himta 15-0. PRU president Fawzi Khawaja, national head coach Sakeel Ahmad, tournament director Syed Mozzam Ali Shah, other PRU officials and a large number of rugby fans witnessed the thrilling and hard-fought matches.

Speaking at the occasion, PRU chief Fawzi Khawaja said: “The country has an ample amount of talent in the sports. We are trying our best to promote women rugby across the country and we hope, soon we will have our professional women rugby team which will represent Pakistan at international level events.”

Head coach Shakeel Ahmad said: “After seeing this talent, I am quite determined to make a very strong national women side. In 2016, our women national team will participate in international events. This national women rugby championship has already given very good exposure to women players.” Today (Sunday), top teams from each pool will play against each other and then final will be held at 12:15 am here at the Punjab Stadium.