Malaysia clinch Cup Championship with a 31-21 win over Korea
Malaysia’s Skipper Tan Kah Hoch (extreme left) and coach
Tomasi Kamai hold aloft the Cup Championship Trophy after
receiving it from Chairman of Singer Sri Lanka Ltd., Hemaka
Amarasuriya (extreme right)who was the chief guest after
they beat Korea by 31 points to 21 in the final of the
Singer-SriLankan Rugby Sevens played at Nittawela yesterday.
Pictures by Sulochana Gamage
Malaysia staged one of the greatest fight backs seen in the
tournament to score an emphatic 31 points (3 goals, 2 tries) to 21 (3
goals) win over Korea to clinch the Cup Championship for the first time
in the finals of the Singer-SriLankan Airlines International Rugby
Sevens organised by Kandy Sports Club on behalf of Sri Lanka Rugby
Football Union with Amaya Hills as associate sponsor and worked off at
the Nittawela Rugby Stadium in Kandy yesterday. At half time it was
Korea who led 21-5.
Korea who earlier beat Sri Lanka to walk into the semi-finals have
themselves to blame for this defeat after they had virtually wrapped up
the match at lemons. Korea led 14-0 at one stage but they never
bargained to the fight back by the Malaysians who had three Fijians in
Korea opened scoring almost with the kick off Soo Kweng scored under
the post and this was converted by Hong Jung (Korea 7-0).
Two minutes they scored again through Hung Jung and he converted it
himself. Korea led 14-0.
Malaysia reduced the lead through Timool Nacokula who kicked ahead
and made a breezy run to score far left and this went unconverted.
One more try before lemons by Lim Jaye Hung which was converted by
Hung Jun Li saw them lead 21-5 at lemons.
But after the breather the entire complexion of the game changed with
the Malaysian showing mere punch in their attack which completely
baffled the Koreans. Tries by Mohammed Naseen. Semi Saruvakula, Viliano
Veto with Mohammed Naseen adding the extra points to two of them was
Malaysians lead 24-21. Almost on the stroke of full time the Malaysians
were awarded a penalty try which was converted by Veto to score a shock
victory. In the Cup semi finals Sri Lanka put up a dismal display to
lose to Korea by 28 points (4 goals) to 14 (2 goals) after the Koreans
had led 14-7 at the breather.
It was Sri Lanka who scored first through Saliya Kumara which was
goalled by himself.
But in the period of play which followed the Sri Lankan failed to
impress as some inept play under slippery conditions allowed the Koreans
to get on top of them. Koreans first scored through Kwak Chul Wong with
Hong Jung adding the extra points. They took the lead through another
try by Chan Jong Man with June Ki converting to forge ahead 14-7 at half
Immediately after the turn arab Soo Kwung with a fierce run scored
under the post and Jong Ki added the extra points for the Koreans to
lead 21-7. Soo Kwang scored his second try and converted himself to lead
Champion Malaysian rugby team is seen here with the trophy
after they beat Korea by 31 points to 21 in the Cup
Championship final of the Singer-SriLankan Rugby Sevens
played at Nittawela yesterday.
It was in the dying stages of the game that Sanjeewa Jayasinghe
sprinted nearly 80 metres to score under the post for Saliya Kumara to
add the extra points to reduce the lead 14-28.
In the second semi-finals Malaysia beat China by 35 points (5 goals)
to 14 (2 goals) after leading 21-7 at half time.
Earlier during the day Thailand beat Arabian Gulf 28-24. Korea drew
with Malaysia 28 all. Chinese Taipei beat Kazakhastan 21-7 Sri Lanka
beat China 17-7.
Sri Lanka’s performance declined so badly in the afternoon that in
the match for the third and fourth places China trounced Sri Lanka by 24
points (2 goals, 2 tries) to 5 (1 try) after leading 14-5 at lemons.
Kazakhastan became Plate Champions by defeating Chinese Taipei by 22
points (1 goal, 3 tries) to 12 (1 goal, 1 try). At half time Chinese
Taipei led 7-5.
In the Plate semi finals Kazakhastan beat Thailand 17-15, and Chinese
Taipei beat Arabian Gulf 17-10. In the contest for the seventh and
eighth places Arabian Gulf beat Thailand 17-7.
Singapore won the Bowl Championship beating India by 15 points (3
tries) to nil in the finals.