Sri Lanka came up with a much better performance beating South Korea 22-5 but fell short once against in the game against Hong Kong in the 3rd leg of the Asian 7s rugby series at the Racecourse International Rugby Stadium over the weekend.
Hong Kong was the better side on paper ahead of the all-important quarter-finals but the Tuskers were desperate for a win after a disappointing 1st and 2nd leg away from home.
The tuskers were reduced to 6 men after Richard Dharmapala was shown a yellow and Hong Kong pounced on it take a 12-0 lead. At the end of the first half, the score was 19-5 in favor of the visiting team. Sri Lanka managed to score another try but it was a little too late as the game ended 12-26 in favor of Hong Kong.
In the game against South Korea, Richard Dharmapala gave the Tuskers an easy lead but the visitors bounced back to finish the first half 12-05. The introduction of Rehan Silva and Omalka Gunaratne helped Sri Lanka extend the lead to 17-05 early in the second half. Reeza Refaideen’s late try steered the Tuskers to a comprehensive 22-05 win.
Despite losing out in the first and second leg, Sri Lanka managed to put up a strong finish in this year’s series.
Japan won the leg and qualified for RWC Sevens 2018 as double Rugby Asia Sevens Series champions, while Hong Kong and China will join them in San Francisco next year.
/ 12 months ago
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