Asia Rugby 2nd leg – Sri Lanka in difficulty yet again

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Sri Lanka Rugby

Sri Lanka’s uphill task to a cup title at the Asia Rugby Sevens will be no different to that of the 1st leg as the Sri Lanka Rugby team is drawn in group A along with 1st leg winners Japan.

Tuskers make two changes for South Korea

Sri Lanka Rugby announced their 12-member squad to tour South Korea in the upcoming Asia Sevens Series…

The second leg of the three-legged series will kick off on the 23rd September at the Incheon Namdong Stadium in South Korea and the Tuskers will look to rectify their disappointing performance from the 1st leg.

Having finished 5th at Kings Park, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka will be in the group that consists of Japan, China and Chinese Taipei. Coach Peter Woods’s national team will have to start their 2nd leg just the way they did in Hong Kong by confronting the fierce Japan side.

Sri Lanka have with them a total of 5 series points from their 5th place finish.

Tarinda Ratwatte is the highest points scorer for the this series having collected 34 points in total
Tarinda Ratwatte is the highest points scorer for the this series having collected 34 points in total

Read More: Asia Rugby standings for Sri Lanka

The Islanders didn’t have the start they anticipated despite Tarinda Ratwatte scoring in the very first minute but went on to lose the game 33-5.

Read More: Kavindu Perera ruled out of Asia Sevens 2nd leg

The draw for the second leg is based on the standings from Hong Kong and finishing 5th; Sri Lanka will have to start their campaign from Group A.

Team draw for the 2nd leg

Group A

Group B

Japan (1)Hong Kong (2)
China (4)South Korea (3)
Sri Lanka (5)Philippines (6)
Chinese Taipei (8)Malaysia (7)

Sri Lanka will start off their campaign facing Japan in their first match while 4th place finishers China will be the second game.

The game against China in the 1st leg didn’t go to plan when the two teams met in the quarterfinals with Chinese recording a 36-12 victory depriving the Lankan’s the semifinal berth for the first time in three years.  

Read More: Tuskers no match for the Chinese

Sri Lanka’s fixtures for the 2nd leg

  • 23rd September – Sri Lanka v Japan 7.14 a.m. 
  • 23rd September – Sri Lanka v China 10.32 a.m. 
  • 23rd September – Sri Lanka v Chinese Taipei 1.28 p.m. 

All times are Sri Lanka Standard times (GMT 5.5)

The quarterfinals will start at 7.58 a.m. (SL time) on the 24th of September.