Sri Lanka make spirited return at Asian Sevens | Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka make spirited return at Asian Sevens

Sri Lanka’s Gayan Weeraratne attempts to break through three Chinese defenders during their Asian Rugby Sevens match at the Racecourse ground in Colombo yesterday. Sri Lanka won the match 19-12    Pic: Saman Mendis
Sri Lanka’s Gayan Weeraratne attempts to break through three Chinese defenders during their Asian Rugby Sevens match at the Racecourse ground in Colombo yesterday. Sri Lanka won the match 19-12 Pic: Saman Mendis

Sri Lanka rediscovered some sparkling form on the opening day of the Asian Rugby Sevens to win both matches, the first against China 19-12 and the second against Chinese Taipei 43-0 at the Racecourse ground in Colombo yesterday.

With somewhat cool conditions ideal for fast open Sevens rugby, the Sri Lankans grabbed every opportunity that came their way and proved they were a force to reckon with and will come out today for their last group stage match against Hong Kong scheduled for 12.12 pm.

If the second game against Chinese Taipei was one-sided, Sri Lanka did not have to worry much as the team put up a spirited show to knock back China 19-12 in their opening match.

China drew first blood as early as in the second minute of the first half but Sri Lanka wasted no time and hit back with two quick tries to surge into a 12-7 lead.

The first to cross the line was the fleet-footed Dhanush Dayan who raced through the China defence for 30 metres before touching down under the posts for Sudhan Sooriyaarachchi to make the conversion.

The try was soon followed by the sprinting gazelle Dhanushka Ranjan who covered 40 metres to score under the posts and surprisingly Sooriyaarachchi fumbled with the conversion. But Sri Lanka took the lead 12-7.

Just before halftime Srinath Sooriyabandara sliced in to post Sri Lanka’s third try which Sooriyaarachchi converted to make it 19-7.

China made every desperate move to break through the Sri Lankan defences and succeeded just once in the dying moments of the game which ended 19-12 in favour of the home team.

Sri Lanka is now likely to enter the semi finals as Japan looked certain to lift the Cup going by the way their players won against Malaysia and Korea. 

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