The Sri Lanka Women’s Rugby 7’s outfit fell short against Hong Kong 22-12 as they were handed their first defeat at Borneo7s in Malaysia today. However, the ladies will play against Thailand at 9.20am SL time on Sunday in the cup semifinal.
Hong Kong began on the front foot and were rewarded their first try as the Sri Lankan girls were caught off guard.
As this was a battle for bragging rights in the group, both teams went hard at each other showing no intent of letting the intensity down.
Hong Kong doubled their lead soon after Sri Lanka had a task at hand if they were to get anything out of this decisive game.
Dulani Palikundage displayed an immense turn of speed, running down the near touch line to open the scoring for the Sri Lankan Women with a converted try, giving them a lease of life.
With minutes left in the first half, Sri Lanka women were reduced to six players as the former skipper Ayesha Perera was sinbinned. Mighty Hong Kong made maximum use off the extra numbers dotting down for a converted try, taking a 10 point lead into half time.
Half Time: Hong Kong 15 - 07 Sri Lanka
The Lanka girls knew they needed a change in approach in the second half, as they came out with vigour to score first and cut the deficit to three points.
But it was Hong Kong who had the last laugh, dotting down under the post to seal the game, handing the Sri Lanka Women their first defeat in Borneo in 2018.
Full Time: Hong Kong 22 - 12 Sri Lanka
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