Kazakhs topple S’poreans, cop 3rd place

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Kazakhstan stamped its class over Singapore, 32-12, to capture third place honors in the Asian Rugby Championship Division 1 tournament at the Philippine Sports Stadium on Saturday.

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Wingman Ivan Olkhovskiy delivered two tries, two conversions and a penalty kick to spearhead the assault of the Kazakh Nomads, who ended their bid in the four-nation meet on a fiery note after a blowout loss to Sri Lanka in their semis clash Wednesday’s (14-35).

Singapore, which narrowly lost to the Philippine Volcanoes on opening day (17-20), finished fourth.

The top-seeded Philippine Volcanoes were gunning for the crown against No. 2 Sri Lanka Tuskers last night.

Winner of the Phl-Sri Lanka title duel would get the option to challenge the eventual third-placer in the Elite Division for a spot in top-tier next year, or to stay in Division 1.

The third-ranked Kazakhs stormed to 10-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of action with Olkhovskiy and Ruslan Galiyev touching the ground 12 minutes apart. The Nomads failed to convert on both occasions, though,

Singapore got into the scoreboard 11 minutes before half-time, courtesy of a try by Edward Carne.

The Nomads stretched their lead further after the break with Olkhovskiy cashing in on his penalty kick and Ivan Bushmelev touching down to make it 18-5.

Alexander Polyakov joined the fray and scored a try for Kazakshtan, which Olkhovskiy converted for a 25-5 count going to the last 12 minutes of the match.

Singapore cut it to 25-12 on a try by Jonathan Kay and conversion by Nicholaas Groen before Olkhovskiy came through with another try and conversion near the final whistle to cap his heroics.

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