Thursday, April 4, 2013


World Cup Qualifying Asia

Kazakhstan 42, Chinese Taipei 5 in Colombo (WCQ Asia; Asia Nations Div. 1)
Sri Lanka 45, Thailand 7 in Colombo (WCQ Asia; Asia Nations Division 1)

Day 2 results saw a complete turnaround of fortunes. Kazakhstan played its way back into tournament winners contention. They stepped up a notch or two against Chinese Taipei and set up a virtual final with Sri Lanka come Saturday.

Thailand could not repeat their Saturday performance against hosts Sri Lanka.

It’s all set up for Saturday. All games are crucial. Sri Lanka v Kazakhstan in a final with the winner (Kazakhstan will need to defeat Sri Lanka by greater points though) going in to Asia 5 Nations in 2014 and a crack at a place in the 2015 Rugby World Cup finals.

Thailand and Chinese Taipei will play to remain in Division 1 or be relegated to Division 2. Chinese Taipei’s task will much more difficult than Thailand as Thailand has a win in hand. Without doing the maths Chinese Taipei would need to win by about 40 points to avoid relegation.

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