[Asian Games] Korean Rugby Defeats China and Advances to Finals… ‘1 Win’ to Gold Medal After 21 Years
A 36-7 victory over China in the semifinals… Hong Kong, the ‘champion candidate’ who defeated Japan, in the final
The Korean seven-a-side rugby team participating in the Hangzhou Asian Games was just one win away from winning its first gold medal in 21 years.
The national team led by coach Lee Myung-geun defeated the host country,
China, 36-7 in the semifinals of the tournament held at the Changqian Campus Stadium of Hangzhou Normal University in Zhejiang, China, on the 26th.
Jang Yong-heung (Korea Electric Power Corporation) scored a try just one minute after the start of the game,
leading the national team to a 5-0 lead. 바카라사이트
Jeong Yeon-sik (Hyundai Glovis) also added a score three minutes later, taking the lead to 10-0 early on.
The national team, which entered the second half with a 24-0 lead, gave up 7 points in 3 minutes by allowing a try to Li Haitao and a conversion kick to Ma Chong,
but 4 minutes later, Jeong-min Jang and Nam-wook Kim (Korea Electric Power Corporation) also scored 7 points with a try and a conversion kick.
By working together, they put a wedge in the game.
Just before the end of the game, Jang Jung-min scored another try, scoring his 36th point.
The national team, which won both of its Group B games against Chinese Taipei and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) team on the 24th,
advanced to the finals with four consecutive wins by defeating its quarterfinal opponent, Malaysia, and then China on the 25th.
Sri Lanka, who had been disciplined by World Rugby (WR), the governing body of rugby,
could not use their own name, so they borrowed the name of OCA to participate in this tournament.
The opponent in the final is Hong Kong, which defeated Japan 12-7 in the semifinals held just before.
Japan (3 times) and Hong Kong (1 time) have solidified their status as two major Asian powers by winning the championship since the 2006 Doha Asian Games.
Korea, which has been pushed down to third place, is in the position of a ‘challenger’.
If Coach Lee and the national team defeat Hong Kong and win the gold medal,
it will be their first win in 21 years since the 2002 Busan Asian Games.
Korean rugby, which won a silver medal at the 2006 Doha Asian Games,
has only won bronze medals in all three competitions since then.