Wednesday, June 1, 2011

TEST RUGBY: Asia Nations Division 1

This tournament is being held in Korea. Venue is the Ansa-Wa Stadium, in Ansan City. On Saturday the winners play for the right to promotion to the elite level of Asian rugby, the Asia Five Nations.

Day One

Singapore v Malaysia

89[1]  72[1]

Old Asian rivals and neighbours clash in the first game on the programme.

Last Five Encounters
14.04.2010 Singapore 22-20 in Singapore (Asia Nations Div.1; Semi-final
26.05.2007 Malaysia 31-19 in Kuala Lumpur (Asia Nations Div.3)
28.06.2003 Singapore 31-13 in Singapore (Asia Tournament, Pool B)
18.11.2002 Singapore 46-9 in Bangkok (18th Asia Champ.,Div.2, Sect.1)
06.04.2002 Singapore 34-5 in Singapore (WCQ Asia R1; Pool A)

GWC Rugby Rankings
Asia Table- Singapore 7th, Malaysia 8th

IRB Ranking Points
Singapore 45.03, Malaysia 43.05

Very close. Singapore by a single point!

Korea v Philippines

67[1]  2010-Philippine-National-Mens-15s[1]

The Philippines are undefeated in their Asia Nation competition games to date. This has seen them rise up the divisions. They have a daunting task against hosts Korea first game up.

These teams have never met in a 15’s test match. Philippines lost 10-70 to Hong Kong last month

GWC Rugby Rankings
Asia Table-Korea 6th, Philippines 14th

IRB Rankings do not apply

Prediction: Korea by 50 points

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