Sri Lanka gained a lot of plaudits following their performances at the recent Commonwealth Games.
Despite not winning any of their three pool matches, the Tuskers took the lead in each of their matches against Fiji, Wales and Uganda.
Without any further classification matches, Sri Lanka could not repeat their two victories from Glasgow, but captain Sudharshana Muthuthanthri knows the experience was just as valuable for his side.
“It was tough for us,” said Muthuthanthri.
“But playing at this level against world class teams gets us used to performing under pressure and this is all good experience.”
Danushka Ranjan stole the headlines for Sri Lanka, scoring four tries in three matches – placing him second in the try scoring charts for the day alongside the likes of Amenoni Nasilsila and Rosko Specman.
In fact, Ranjan gave Sri Lanka the lead against the Olympic champions and eventual silver medalists Fiji in their first match as well as against Wales and Uganda.
“Danushka is a great player,” added Muthuthanthri. “He is very quick and has always been a threat in attack.
“We learned that when we have the ball we look good. In defence we need to work harder to make our first tackles. That let us down a little.
“We would have scored a few more tries too if our support play had been better.”
Despite coming into the tournament as the fourth ranked side in their pool, Muthuthanthri was disappointed not to come away with a win.
But Sri Lanka will now have their sights set on the Asian Games and the Asia Rugby Sevens Series later this year.
“We were disappointed we couldn’t win the last game against Uganada.
“We did not play as well we had hoped, but we can learn from this and move forward to the rest of the season.”