Sri Lanka dominates Kazakhstan in ARC Division 1 opener

Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

BOCAUE--Sri Lanka stomped its class against Kazkahstan in the Asian Rugby Championship Division 1 after taking a 35-14 win on Wednesday at the Philippine Sports Stadium.

The Sri Lankans opened the match with 15 consecutive points off tries from Lavanga Ferera and Danushka Ranjan and five more points from Riza Mubarak.

Serik Zhanseitov finally scored for Kazakhstan after enduring the Sri Lankan defense for the try. Ivan Olkhovskiv added a conversion.

Ranjan duplicated his earlier try and Mubarak scored another conversion to stretch Sri Lanka's lead to 15 again at halftime.

Both teams played physical defense in the first ten minutes of the second half.

Ruslan Galiyev ended the dry scoring spell with a try, and Olkhovskiy converted anew to cut the lead to eight, 22-14.

But substitutes Kanchana Ramanayaka and Dulaj Perera sealed the win for Sri Lanka as they scored on a penalty each before Perera tried and Ramanayaka converted just before the final whistle.

Sri Lanka will face the winner of Wednesday's nightcap between the host country Philippines and the Singapore in the Division 1 final on Saturday night.