Sri Lanka beat Thailand by 21 points to15 to win the Plate event at the Asian Rugby under-20 Sevens championships in Hong Kong (2nd & final leg) on 22nd August. At half time Sri Lanka led 7-5.
Captain Kevin Dixon, Science player Supun Dilshan and Reeza Raffaideen scored for Sri Lanka.
The performances by the Sri Lankan team did not come up to expectations as they were not accustomed to playing on artificial surfaces before.
They were very good in their skills but could not perform in their usual manner due to the unbearable heat and the artificial surface.
In their first game of the day, Sri Lanka met Chinese Taipei in the cup quarter-final. But after a thrilling game Chinese Taipei narrowly won by 24 points to 19.
For the gallant Sri Lankan team, Science College three quarter Supun Dilshan scored two tries while Isipathana captain cum forward Omalka Gunarathne scored the other try.
This loss saw Sri Lanka being relegated to the ‘Plate’ championship and had to meet Kazakhstan in the semi-final. Sri Lanka took a comfortable 14-nil lead at half time and went on to thrash Kazakhastan comprehensively 35/5 to enter the final.
For Sri Lanka the unsung hero from the first leg held in Malaysia centre Buddima Piyarathne from D.S. Senanayaka College scored two sensational tries while Science College player Sajith Silva (two) and Kingswood captain cum winger Reeza Raffaideen (one) scored the tries.
Hong Kong repeated their performance held in the first leg in Malaysia by emerging victorious in the second leg too that concluded in Hong Kong last week. They resounding trounced Malaysia in the Cup final by 52 points to 7.
Leading up to the cup championship finals Hong Kong beat UAE 41/7 in the quarter-finals. They also beat China convincingly by 22 points to nil in the Cup semi-finals.
While the rejuvenated Malaysians beat Kazakhstan 33/5 in the quarter-finals and came in to the cup championship by defeating Chinese Taipei 26/12 in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, China beat Chinese Taipei by 33 points to12 to secure third place while Chinese Taipei finished fourth.
Sri Lanka beat Thailand 21-15 to finish on a disappointing fifth position while Thailand secure sixth place.
Kazakhstan edged out UAE 24/21 to secure 7th place and UAE remained in the last spot in this tournament.