Asian Rugby Sevens Series 2nd leg in South Korea :
Sri Lanka qualifies
despite loss to China
Sri Lanka lost to China in the very last move of the day in their last group
game by 26 points (4 tries, 3 conversions) to 21 (3 tries, 3 conversions) after
leading 21-19 in the Asians rugby sevenís series 2nd leg, which took place in
South Korea yesterday. The Tuskers led 14-12 at
Sri Lankaís Tharinda Ratwatte on his way to scoring a
brilliant try against China in the group match of the Asian
Rugby Sevens Series second leg in South Korea yesterday.
Even though Sri Lanka lost they have booked a berth in the semi-finals today
with the opposite group leaders South Korea, who shocked the favourite Hong Kong
28-21 with a last minute match winning try to head the group. In the other
semi-final China will play Hong Kong also today.
Sri Lanka scored three tries against China through winger Saliya Handapangoda,
forward Tharinda Ratwatte and replacement winger Kavindu Perera after receiving
a brilliant overhead off load from that dynamic forward Omalka Gunaratne. The
three conversions were put over by Srinath
Sooriyabandara, Tharinda Ratwatte and Dulaj Perera.
In their first match for the day Sri Lanka thrashed Singapore convincingly by 27
points (5 tries, 1 conversion) to 5 (1 try). At half time Sri Lanka led 12-nil.
For Sri Lankan Tuskers the tries were scored by captain
Danushka Ranjan, Kavindu Perera, Tharinda Ratwatte, Srinath Sooriyabandara and
Kanchana Ramanayaka one apiece. Vice-captain Dulaj Perera slotted in the
In the second game Sri Lanka ran circles around the hapless Malaysians to crush
them by 41 points (7 tries, 3 conversions) to 5 (1 try). The Tuskers led 15-nil
at the breather.
Two tries apiece were scored by Ranjan, Hirantha Perera and Sooriyabandara and
one try by Ratwatte. Dulaj Perera who came in the second half put over three
Incidentally the Sri Lankan coaching staff took skipper Ranjan off straight
after the first half and rested him for the all-important last game for the day
against the formidable Chinese outfit.