Japan 61, Kazakhstan 0 in Bangkok (Asia 5 Nations)
Hong Kong 48, Sri Lanka 3 in Colombo (Asia 5 Nations)
Lithuania 29, Croatia 12 in Split (ENC 2A)
Sweden 24, Malta 12 in Stockholm (ENC 2A)
Serbia 20, Armenia 18 in Belgrade (ENC 2B)
Denmark 27, Israel 19 in Odense (ENC 2C)
Cyprus 50, Luxembourg 0 in Luxembourg (ENC 2D)
Chinese Taipei 22, Thailand 10 in Bangkok (Asia Nations Div.2, Final)
Iran 30, India 19 in Bangkok (Asia Nations Div.2, Playoff 3rd-4th)
Japan continued its undefeated run in the Asia 5 Nations competition in the main game in Bangkok. In the curtain-raisers, Chinese Taipei won its way back to Asia Nations Division 1 with a good win over hosts Thailand. Iran sent India down to Division 3 for 2012 capping off another test win in the rise of Iranian rugby.
Asia Nations match reviews
Competition leaders Lithuania and Sweden had wins. Sweden has one match left to play, the last in the 2A competition first round. They play Latvia next weekend away and should win that game, giving them the lead.
Serbia narrowly defeated Armenia at home to edge its way away from the bottom of the ladder. Although this is not the relegation end of the competition, Armenia’s rugby test match against Slovenia on 1 June will sort out the ladder for this season. Slovenia needs to win with a bonus point to sink Armenia and Serbia to the bottom of the points table.
Denmark’s win has sent it to the top of the ladder where it should remain for the first round. This match was always going to be the decider. There are other games to be played and as is the nature of this competition, anything could happen
Games still to play
14.05.2011 Denmark v Austria in Vienna
14.05.2011 Israel v Norway in Oslo
04.06.2011 Norway v Hungary in Budapest
Cyprus continued on its winning way. They have averaged 50 points per game and look to be light years ahead of any other team. The only issue to settle for this the first round is who will sit on the bottom of the points table for this season. The likely candidate is Finland.
Games still to play
14.05.2011 Finland v Bulgaria in Pernik
11.06.2011 Greece v Finland in Helsinki
Lets have a quick look at this coming week
There are more rugby tests coming up that I know what to do with this week. On top of running my job I’m also the main organiser for a Stamp, Coin and Militaria Fair here in town Saturday.
Uzbekistan v Lebanon in Dubai (Asia Nations Div.4, Semi-final 1)
Jordan v Qatar in Dubai (Asia Nations Div.4, Semi-final 2)
United Arab Emirates v Japan in Dubai (Asia 5 Nations)
Winner Uzbek-Leb. V Winner Jord-Qatar in Dubai (Asia Nations Div.4, Final)
Loser Uzbek-Leb. V Loser Jord-Qatar in Dubai (Asia Nations Div.4, Playoff 3rd-4th)
Kazakhstan v Sri Lanka in Almaty (Asia 5 Nations)
Uruguay v Paraguay in Iguazu (CONSUR A Preliminary)
Chile v Brazil in Iguazu (CONSUR A Preliminary)
Sweden v Latvia in Riga (ENC 2A)
Austria v Denmark in Odense (ENC 2C)
Israel v Norway in Oslo (ENC 2C)
Finland v Bulgaria in Pernik (ENC 2D)
Cayman Islands v Mexico in Mexico City (NACRA Caribbean Champ.,North R2)