Lankan mistakes see China through
Silly mistakes of Sri Lankans gave China the win by 30 points 16 in their 19 Asian Rugby Championship bowl final at Kings Park sports grounds yesterday in Hong Kong.

However, China gave a good lesson to the Sri Lankans on rugby.
Now China have advanced to play in the plate championship in the next Asian rugby championship, which will be hosted by Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union in 2006.
China collected their points from two penalties; two tries and two goals while Sri Lanka managed to score only two tries and two penalties.

At the start of the game both teams had a good fight without scoring, but in the 15th minute China's play maker skipper and full back Shang Zhi-qiang put over a 35 metre penalty to lead 3-0, but seven minutes later Sri Lanka came back into the attack and centre Pradeep Liyanage scored a corner flag try to lead the game at 5-3, but T. A. Silva missed the conversion.

Another five minutes later China got an unexpected penalty try after a Sri Lankan player gave a block tackle on China's try line and their skipper converted that added the extra points (10-5). Sri Lanka added another three points after T.A. Silva put over penalty to trail the first half by (10-8). In the second half China went back with confidence and scored another three more tries when their winger Lu Xiao-Hui scored two tries and their skipper Shang Zhi-qiang scored another and also put over 40metre penalty and converted one try to their final tally of 30 points. In the second half Sri Lanka responded only a through penalty by Amjad Buksh and a try by Radhika Hettiarachchi to end the game (30-16).


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