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Sri Lanka neatly dispatched Chinese Taipei 36-8 at HSBC Asian 5 Nations championship

Sri Lanka neatly dispatched Chinese Taipei 36-8 at HSBC Asian 5 Nations  championship

 Sri Lanka neatly dispatched Chinese Taipei 36-8 in the first match, while Philippines and Singapore engaged in a high-scoring showdown in the evening with the kick-off of the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Division I championships in Manila.

Sri Lanka proved too much for Chinese Taipei, size to great advantage up front before releasing the ball to its fleet-footed backline where scrumhalf Srinath Sooriyabandara and winger Sandun Herath proved to be constant danger men whose incisive running broke down the Chinese Taipei defence early.

After scoring in the opening minute, Sri Lanka never looked back and established a commanding 29-3 lead in the first half, including scoring four tries to earn a bonus point and put the result out of reach. But the second half saw the Sri Lankans’ composure fade as three of their front row forwards were sin-binned, giving Chinese Taipei a man advantage for large swathes of the second period.

Although not reflected in the final scoreline, Chinese Taipei battled bravely in the second half with a try to scrumhalf Chen Chia Han coming as a just reward for what was a tough day at the office for the tournament fourth seeds.

Sri Lanka was led in the scoring stakes by fullback Rajendra Meepage who slotted three conversions and one penalty for nine points on the afternoon. Five other Sri Lankans scored tries in an evenly balanced offensive display.

Ex-England international Phil Greening marked his maiden test victory as coach of Sri Lanka, saying, “I’m pleased with the win. It is always tough to open a tournament, particularly as the lads have had six months since their last test match. We have a very young team with quite a few guys getting their first caps today, so it’s a good first step but there is a lot of work for us to do yet.

“The first half was great but we lost our composure in areas and got frustrated which resulted in the yellow cards. It wasn’t reflected so much in the score but it showed a lack of control on our part. But the young lads will have taken a lot away from today’s match and I’ve got my first win with the team on our first outing, so it was a good effort and we can build on that,” added Greening.

Posted on 2012-04-16 19:56:22
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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