In a nail-biting encounter between the national XVs teams of India and Kazakhstan that swung one way then the other in terms of possession, territory and dominance right through to the final whistle, and showcased well-drilled set piece work by forwards, sound phased play, determined defence, bone-crunching tackles and exhilarating line breaks from both sides, Kazakhstan edged India 29 – 22, at the Aspire Warm-Up Track in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday 3rd May 2023.
The second match of this year’s Asia Rugby Division II Championship did not disappoint, after the Championship had already gotten off to an explosive start with a Qatar vs. India match on Sunday, 30th April, 2023. In the first contest, India performed admirably and edged ahead 7 – 5 in the first half, but tournament hosts Qatar came back unstoppably stronger in the second half, going on to win the contest 32 – 7.
With promotion to Division I awarded to the tournament champions, the last match of this year’s sizzling edition of the Asia Rugby Division II Championship, coming up this Saturday, May 6th, between Kazakhstan and Qatar has shaped up as a true winner-takes-all final. All sign suggests that when these two mighty teams lock it horns, an epic evening of XVs rugby is well and truly on the cards.
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One not to be missed; surely all rugby enthusiasts in the picturesque emirate this sultry weekend—especially the enthusiastic group of vocal visitors from Kazakhstan, and Qataris supporting their home team—will flock to the Aspire Warm-Up Track. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. (local, QT). All rugby fans around the world can also watch the final Live:
Asia Rugby’s live stream will be up on its Facebook page and YouTube channel, with updates and highlights featured on its official Instagram page.