New Delhi: Hosts India demolished China 94-0
in the tournament opener to sail into the final of the HSBC
Asian Five Nation Rugby Division II event here on Wednesday.
The Naseer Hussain-led Indian side put up a fantastic
display and outplayed the formidable Chinese in all
departments of the game at the flood-lit Delhi University
With this win, India are one just step away from
progressing to the Division-I.
India will play either Philippines and top seeds Thailand
in the summit clash on Saturday and a win there would see them
progress to the Division-I for the first time in the history
of the game.
In the match against China today, India were the dominant
side from the onset. In the first five minutes, the hosts
earned two penalties and Rohan Sethna made no mistakes in
From there on, there was no looking back as the spirited
Indians seized the momentum very early into the game and
managed to hold on to it till the last minute.
It was a complete team effort from the Indians with
Kayrus Unwala, Gautam Dagar, Rohaan Sethna, Parvinder Singh,
Pritom Roy, Sandeep Singh, Puneet Krishnamoorthy, Dalwinder
Singh, Thimmalay Madanda and Kamaldeep Dagar all scoring from
Rohan was the stand-out player for India as he converted
most of the tries and was also bang on target with the
Hot and humid conditions seemed to have taken its toll on
the Chinese, who struggled for fitness throughout the
India captain Nasser Hussain credited the victory to team
"We played a fantastic game and stuck to our strategy.
All the players played a team game and we were well prepared.
For our next game we need to cut on our errors and if we can
do that, we will have a good chance of winning the
tournament," Hussain said after the match.