Chinese Taipei win Asia promotion

(IRB.COM) Monday 9 May 2011
 Chinese Taipei win Asia promotion
Chinese Taipei celebrate their immediate return to Division I - Photo: Kenji Demura/RJP

On the same day that Japan and Hong Kong won comfortable victories in the Top 5 competition, Chinese Taipei beat hosts Thailand 22-10 to gain promotion to the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Division One in 2012.

India, meanwhile, suffered relegation from Division 2 following a 30-19 defeat to Iran.

Chinese Taipei and Thailand matched one another throughout an enthralling encounter with the game decided only in the closing minutes when Lee Chun-Wen and Chen Kuo-Lun crossed to break a 10-10 deadlock.

Amin Hosseinzadeh was Iran’s hero, the fly half weighing in with two tries, two conversions and two penalties in their victory over India.

Japan and Hong Kong both win big

Japan made it 14 straight wins in the HSBC Asian Five Nations as they beat Kazakhstan 61-0 at Bangkok’s National Stadium.

Hooker Takeshi Kizu scored four tries and there were further scores for Tanabe, Koji Taira, Alisi Tupuailai, Goshi Tachikawa and Justin Ives as John Kirwan's side gave the vocal crowd glimpses of what they are capable of.

“That was much better than last week, though we still left quite a bit out on the field. There were far too many errors for my liking but the structures were much better,” said head coach, Kirwan.

“There were times when I felt we were ready to break out. We just need to show some more patience, but at least we zeroed them so that’s a positive.”

Hong Kong moved a step closer to finishing second in the 2011 HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five tournament for the first time, Keith Robertson and Lee Jones both scoring twice as they overcame Sri Lanka comfortably, 48-3 in humid conditions in Colombo.

“It was an outstanding performance. This is the biggest win since I’ve been involved with Hong Kong and I think the biggest win for us in the Five Nations. With this win we can now look at finishing second, a place we deserve to be thanks to the hard work of the players,” said Hong Kong Director of Rugby, Dai Rees.

As a result of the matches, Japan retains its customary top-of-the-table position with 12 points from two consecutive bonus point wins, with Hong Kong rising to second place.

The heat will only intensify for Sri Lanka as they travel to Almaty for a must-win match on the road against Kazakhstan next Saturday.