In today’s 3rd / 4th playoff of the Asia Rugby Championship Division II, hosts Chinese Taipei overcame a spirited challenge from India, 37-19 at the Taipei Municipal Stadium.
India, under the tutelage of former Kiwi international Henry Paul showed greater direction and poise with the ball as they struck two times with converted tries to the centre-pairing of Prince Khatri and Mohit Khatri in the first half to stun the local crowd as India lead 14-10 after 30 minutes.
But a couple of crucial mistakes in the last 5 minutes allowed Chinese Taipei to capitalise with hooker Huang scoring under the posts in the final minute of the half to allow Chinese Taipei a vital 17-14 lead – a lead that they would never relinquish.
Second half tries to Chen, Sun and Shen proved too difficult for the Indians as the constant pace and offloading game of Chinese Taipei saw the visitors fitness wane. And with it, their chance of an upset.
The victory saw Chinese Taipei finish third in the Asia Rugby Championship Division II 2017.
Asia Rugby Championship Division II
Fixtures And Results–> ARC D2
Game 1 India vs Singapore
Game 2 Thailand v Chinese Taipei
3rd place play off
Final : Thailand v Singapore