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Rugby 7s, Sri Lanka’s last hope of a medal!

The Rugby 7s became the only hope of a medal for Sri Lanka as her rugby team reached the semi-finals, to be staged on Saturday, the final day of this year’s 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.

A win in Saturday’s semi-final against fancied Japan will earn them a definite medal chance. Otherwise they will need to play the losing team in the other semi for the Bronze Medal, also the same day. Korea for most will have a tough time against Hong Kong in this semi.

Sri Lanka met Korea earlier and had a close match and, therefore, is expected to give a good fight for their money in their Saturday’s showing, especially in the third-place play-off, if they’ll have to play it.

By Thursday, 30 August athletics of the Asiad ended disappointingly, without giving Sri Lanka at least a single medal. Athletics was said to be the main prospective medal-winning sport of the country in this year’s Asian Games.

RESULTS OF QUARTER-FINALS

Quarter-finals: Sri Lanka beat China 17-12.

Sri Lanka scored 3 tries, 1 conversion against China’s 2 tries and 1 conversion.

SL’s try scorers:

Sudam Suriyaarachchi (2 trIES)

Anuradha Rankothgedara

Reeza Raffaideen

1 September, Saturday Schedule –

Semi-finals:

SL vs. Japan at 1.56 p.m.

Korea vs Hong Kong at 2.18 p.m.

Men’s Bronze Medal match at 5.14 p.m.

Men’s Gold Medal match at 6.02 p.m.