Pakistan Reach Asian Rugby Championship Final

By Atiya Riffat

Pakistan who are currently ranked 91st in the World Rugby rankings will be hoping to reach the final where they will possibly compete against the home team Kazakhstan who are currently ranked 61st.

Pakistan defeated Kyrgyzstan by 82-0 in the semi-final of Asian Div III Rugby Championship at Almaty Kazakhstan and qualified for final.

Meanwhile, host Kazakhstan beat Magnolia by 55-6 in 2nd semi-final and qualifed for final to be played on May 19.

From the start, Pakistani players dominated the game and in the end of first half Pakistan was on a way to victory on 45-0 on the table.

In 2nd half Pakistan players came more strong and played some great game and play very well.  From Pakistani side Ali Khan and Muhammad Shoaib Akbar both scores 3,3 tries each, Saad Arif and Adnan Saeed both scores 2, 2 tries each while Anjum Sajjad, Nasir Mehmood, Muhammad Haroon and Muhammad Waqas all scores one try each. Opponent did not scores a single try.

Pakistan Captain Kashif said “We have had good preparation for this tournament and I hope we can show it on the field.

“This set the bar really high and I see the boys that made the final took the challenge and proved themselves on and off the field. This will hopefully be a key to our performance this time around.” he said.

Pakistan team head coach Shakeel Ahmed Malik, praised the team for its superb show and said “We lack international exposure as not many tours come our way. And yet the boys really worked hard and came back strongly to win against Kyrgizstan,”

“Now we face Kazakhstan in the final which is a very strong team. They have some fine senior players, but I hope boys display the same standard of game in the final.” He added

Chairman of the Pakistan Rugby Union Fawzi Khawaja was also delighted with the win that came after three years for Pakistan. “The team played like a good unit and this augurs well for the final. Kazakhstan is a strong team but we hope to beat them and win the championship tomorrow,” he said.

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