Sri Lanka beat Thailand 45-7 in the Asian Five Nations tournament rugby match held at Havelock Park Grounds today.
On the second day of the Asian Five Nations tournament, both Sri Lanka and Thailand began with some bad ball handling.
Thailand had an early attempt at a penalty goal but was unsuccessful. Sri Lanka then had the chance and capitalised, giving them a 3-0 lead. Thailand had the opportunity to level the scores but they were once again unsuccessful in their penalty kick attempt.
Through some great passing between vice-captain, Fazil Marija and Number Eight Sajith Saranga, Sandun Herath was able to score Sri Lanka’s first try, it went unconverted and Sri Lanka led 8-0.
Straight after, Sri Lanka had another opportunity to score but didn’t capitalise upon the opportunity but was presented with a chance again and Pradeep Liyanage made no mistake and it was put directly between the posts, it was converted easily.
Sri Lanka then went onto score their third try of the match through the likes of Chamara Dabare and that too was converted easily, giving them a lead of 22-0. Given another two penalty opportunities, Sri Lanka were able to increase their lead to 28-0 going into half time. In the resumption of play, Sri Lanka went over for another converted try through the likes of Roshan Weeraratne and was then given an attempt at a penalty and it was successfully kicked, increasing their lead to 35-0.
Pradeep Liyanage then scored his second try of the match through some skilful running and even though it wasn’t converted, Sri Lanka retained a big lead, 40-0. Thailand were able to score their first try of the match through the likes of Thanawatr Jamkrajang as he scrambled his way past Prop Henry Terence, it was beautifully converted. Sri Lanka hit back with a try when Sandun Herath crossed over for his second try of the match but it went unconverted. Nonetheless, the full time siren sounded – Sri Lanka had won. (Courtesy SLRFU)