Taiwan Advances after Defeating South Korea in U19 Rugby Championship

Taiwan’s rugby team beat South Korea 7:5, Saturday, December 15, after the Koreans beat the championship favorite Hong Kong on the first day of the Asia Rugby Under 19 championship Wednesday.

The 4-team competition, hosted in Taipei between December 12 and December 16 saw Taiwan, playing under the moniker “Chinese Taipei” beat Sri Lanka 18-15, while Korea won over five-time defending champions Hong Kong 17-13 on the first day of competition Wednesday.

Yesterday, Saturday, December 15, saw Taiwan defeating what was considered a stronger South Korean team, in front of a 3,000-strong home crowd at the Taipei Municipal Stadium, while Hong Kong trounced Sri Lanka 48-15.

On Tuesday, December 18, the final round of the competition will see Sri Lanka face Korea, while the home side will play against Hong Kong.

If the Taiwan team manages to defeat Hong Kong on Tuesday, they will advance to the Under 20 World Rugby Trophy campaign for the first time in history.

After losing to the Koreans, Hong Kong coach Stephen Dowse said: “It was a very frustrating game in that we didn’t execute the way we wanted or needed to. Physically we were dominated a bit, especially at the breakdown, and we failed to take our chances when we had them.”

“There are no unbeatable teams at this level, and we’ve learned that lesson the hard way now.”

Taiwan vs. South Korea Rugby Game Full Match

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