Two minutes later skipper Koji Wada crashed
through for a try under the posts to give Kenji Shomen an easy
kick at goal. Just before the final whistle Koji Wada once
again displayed his individual brilliance to slice through the
Malaysian defence to score under the posts and Kenji Shomen
made no mistake with the conversion and Japan ran out worthy
winners by 26 points to 7.
In the semi-finals Japan scored a runaway 40 points (five
goals, one try) to 5 (one try) win over Chinese Taipei after
leading 19-5 at ‘lemons’ while Malaysia brushed aside
Kazakhstan by 19 points (two goals, one try) to nil after
leading 12-0 at half time.
Sri Lanka who came out with a gallant display on the first day
with a stunning 22-12 win over the mighty South Koreans gave a
disappointing performance yesterday when they were knocked out
in the Asian Plate semi-finals by Thailand 12-28 despite a
fine effort by schoolboy Darshana Etipola who scored both
tries and converted one of them. Earlier in the Cup
quarter-finals Sri Lanka were beaten by Kazakhstan by 17
points (one goal, two tries) to 12 (one goal, one try) after
trailing 0-17 at the breather.
Samantha Lakshan and Chula Susantha scored the tries for Sri
Lanka with Lakshan adding the extra points to one of them. Two
superb tries in the last two minutes by Thailand winger
Kanthipong Meepin gave them a thrilling 15 points (three
tries) to 12 (one goal, one try) win over South Korea in the
final to take the Asian Plate Title after trailing 5-7 at the
Thailand opened scoring through an unconverted try by
Warongkorn. South Korea replied with a try by Park Soonchai
which was converted by fly half Yun Hisu to give them a 7-5
lead and they increased it to 12- 5 when Yun Hisu fell over
for an unconverted try. Thailand fought back to score those
two splendid tries by Kanthipong Meepin which gave them the
Digicel Fiji Barbarians turned in a dazzling display of rugby
to win the International Title with a smashing 38 points (four
goals, two tries) to 12 (one goal, one try) win over South
African Vipers in the final after leading 19-7 at ‘lemons’.
South Africa went into the lead with a try by Brian Shabangu
with Bernardo Botha adding the extra points. Fiji replied with
a try by Niumania Rokobu. Fiji went on the offensive once
again to score two more splendid tries through William Ryder
and Osea Kounisau both of which were converted to give Fiji a
19-7 lead at the breather.
Fiji maintained their supremacy in the second half to score
three more tries through Osea Kounisau (two) and Niumania
Rokobu with William Ryder converting two of them while South
Africa scored a consolation try through Bernardo Botha to make
it 38-12 at the final whistle.
Source - Daily News