Sri Lanka keeps RWC dream alive with return to top five

Monday, 8 April 2013 00:02 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Sri Lanka’s rugby World Cup dreams were kept alive after they won promotion to the HSBC Asian Five Nations top five next year with a comprehensive 49-18 victory over Kazakhstan in the division-one competition in Colombo on Saturday.

With the island nation’s rugby-loving president Mahinda Rajapaksa proudly watching his two sons, skipper and flanker Yoshitha and prop and parliamentarian Namal, an inspired Sri Lankan outfit quickly dispelled all the pre-match fears that tournament favourites Kazakhstan would be able to pull off a bonus point win and win back their place in the top five.