Sri Lankan Tuskers managed to comprehensively beat Kazakhstan (35-14) to assure their spot on Saturday’s Division I final. Winger Lavanga Perera gave the Tuskers an early boost with his first try, giving Sri Lanka a 5-0 lead in just 8 minutes.
Immediately in the 12th minute, Danushka Ranjan’s try followed by Riza Mubarak’s successful conversion gave the Tuskers a 12-0 lead. As the Kazakhstan hooker Rustam Kurbanov was red carded, Riza Mubarak yet again successfully converted a kick-able penalty taking the score to 15-0.
Kazakhstan captain Serik Zhanseitov’s try, followed by a successful conversion took the score to 15-7 with 5 minutes remaining in the first half. But Danushka Ranjan just before the whistle, increased the Sri Lankan lead to 22-7.
As the second half commenced, Kazakhstan managed to get the upper hand with Ruslan Galiyev’s try followed by a successful conversion taking the score to 22-14. Prior to Perera’s final try, the Tuskers managed to successfully convert two penalties taking the final score to 35-14.
Meanwhile, the home team Philippines managed to beat Singapore (20 – 17) in extra time. They will now face the Tuskers in the Division I final.
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