Sri Lanka put up a tremendous performance to finish third in the Asian Sevens Rugby Series 2017 third-leg, after beating second leg champions South Korea 22 points to 05, at the Race Course Grounds in Reid Avenue on Sunday.
The Tuskers displayed sheer supremacy over the last leg’s winners, who were in disarray throughout the game.
Sri Lanka drew first blood when Richard Dharmapala sprinted off through the defense to touch down to put up the first points of the match.
Danushka Ranjan made it 12–00 as he muscled his way past four Korean defenders to cross the touch line in brilliant style. Tarinda Ratwatte added the extras with ease.
Jinkyu Lee was awarded a try at the dying seconds of the first half, which seemed to be off a forward pass, but the decision stood and the scores read 12–05 at lemons.
In-form Dharmpala gave the perfect start for the Tuskers as play was resumed when he picked up the ball off debutant Rehan de Silva and ran off to touch down under the posts.
Reeza Raffaideen put the icing on the cake as he crossed the touch line with ease, for the scores to read 22–05 when the final whistle was blown.
Meanwhile, Japan were crowned overall champions despite losing to Hong Kong in the Cup Championship final, which ended 19 points to 14. Japan were crowned champions of the first leg of the tournament and ended first runners-up in the second, which gave them enough points to secure the overall championship.
With the win, both teams would be travelling to San Francisco to take part in the World Cup.
Earlier, Sri Lanka opened their day with a comfortable 22-05 win over Malaysia in the fourth quarter-final.
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