Asian Games Rugby: SL falters in last chance of a medal

Sri Lanka Rugby 7s team, under skipper Sudarshana Muthuthanthri, missed out on their last chance of winning at least a single medal at the 18th Asian Games when they were defeated by South Korea 36-14 in their Bronze-Medal-match held in Palembang, Indonesia on Saturday, 1 September 2018.

After going down fighting against the eventual Gold medallists Japan 12-10 in the first semi-final of this year’s Rugby 7s, Sri Lanka failed to get over the Koreans in their third-place play-off on Saturday despite having realistic chances of faring well against the opposition.

Korea had earlier beaten Sri Lanka 31-26 during the group stages of Asian Games Rugby 7s.

The scorers –

Chang Yongheung, Kim Jeongmin and Jang Seongmin scored a try each for South Korea in the first-half (19-00) but after lemons, Tarinda Ratwatte brought the Lankan Tuskers back to the game, with a try.

Then in the second-half, Kim Hyunsoo and Hwang Injo gave a clear lead for the Koreans, scoring valuable tries.

Then Hyunsoo and Kim Jinhyeok scored two more tries for Korea to seal the victory and the Bronze Medal.

In the latter stages of the match (4.20 minutes into the 2nd half), Sri Lanka’s Jesan Vithanna scored a try, converted by Ratwatte, to make it 26-14 but it was for no avail.

After beating China to book a place in the top four on Friday, 31 August, Sri Lanka put up a fine performance against Asian giants, Japan, in a thrilling semi-final encounter.

Rugby 7s Final –

With this failure in rugby, Sri Lanka finished only their fourth Asian Games since 1951 without winning at least a single medal.

In the Rugby 7s final played at the Gelora Bung Karno rugby field, Senayan, Jakarta on Saturday night, the unseeded Hong Kong presented a brilliant performance to crush Japan.

Hong Kong whitewashed Japan 14-0 to secure their eighth gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games.