Tuskers so close to beat Hong Kong

Sri Lanka geared up their performance for the bronze medal and went so close to beat the Asian rivals Hong Kong. Hong Kong won 20 - 17 and finished third in the tournament

Sudarshana Muthuthanthri's men performed so well in this year's Borneo 7s International tournament. It was pretty much an under 23 team were in action despite the captain himself. 

After an emphatic win in day one where the tuskers registered a record 80 - 00 win against Islanders Rugby Club. Began the day two with the home town warriors namely the Sabah Eagles who are rich with 6 fijians in their squad. Sri Lanka managed to match up the physicality and the speed and shock the Eagles with a 12 - 00 victory in an intense 14 minutes of rugby. 

As a result Sri Lanka topped the pool and locked horns with Mellowpuffs another New Zealand team. Tuskers led 14 points to 19 at one point but the puffs leveled 19 all in that all important cup quarters. The game went in to the extra time sudden death and Sri Lanka awarded a penalty try after back to back high tackles by the puffs. Full time ended 26-19 in favour of the islanders.  


Defending champions NZ Borneo Eagles met Sri Lanka in the cup semifinals, Sri Lanka youngsters showed an immense battle match up the south Auckland lads. Tuskers had the chance to beat the NZ Borneo Eagles in a another close tussle. However, it was a 17 - 12 win for the defending champions although they were down with 2 yellow cards in the final minute they kept the ball possession close and kill the time till the hooter is on.

On the other cup semifinal Hong Kong lost to ICONZ of New Zealand which resulted them meeting Sri Lanka in the bronze medal competition. Tuskers yet again so close, CR&FC skipper Kavindu Perera was out due to hamstring injury and Reeza Raffaidee started in a flying fashion to score two superb tries. Again few mistakes in the second half cost the game as it went 20-17 in favour of the rival Hong Kong.


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