After four games played, winning two and losing two the Tuskers would have mixed feelings. However, Coach Peter Woods’ men need to polish up before they take the Asian Sevens Champions Hong Kong in the cup quarterfinal tomorrow at 8.10am in Malaysia.
Hong Kong played full strength in preparation for the World Sevens Series Qualifier which will be held next in three weeks’ time in Hong Kong. Sri Lanka has been struggling to beat Hong Kong in the recent past and before the qualifier it is a very good opportunity to match upfront. After the end of day one Reeza Raffaideen, Srinath Sooriyabandara, Kevin Dixon and skipper Danushka Ranjan played well to get some timing on the ground. Danush Dayan was good with high ball at the receiving end. Sudarshana Muthuthantri also used his experience to score a few tries. Kavindu Perera and Richard Dharmapala also played some useful game but they need to work as a team rather than individual performances. The Tuskers had a lot of problems inside the red zone to counter the rush defence of Tribe 7S and NZ Borneo Eagles. Both teams are pretty much Barbarians playing with a bunch of mix and match players.
Sri Lanka women will play Malaysia women’s team in the cup quarterfinal at 10.10 am Sri Lankan time
Sri Lanka 12 v 35 NZ Borneo Eagles
Once again the Tuskers failed, this time it was against the NZ Borneo Eagles. There were too many mistakes in their game. Eagles were outplayed by the Tribe 7S by 36 – 14 earlier. The Tuskers could have won both the games but just didn’t have enough firepower. Only Kavindu Perera and Sudarshana Muthuthantri scored tries. Sri Lanka will most likely will play Hong Kong in the cup quarter finals tomorrow.
Sri Lanka women’s team managed to put up an excellent performance as they beat Thailand 26 – 05. Previously Sri Lanka has always struggled in the Asia rugby sevens series, but there seem to be a marked improvement under coach Sudath Sampath. It is left to be seen how far they can go. The test for the ladies will be decided tomorrow in the cup quarter final