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China win first playoff game against Kazakhstan

China have won the first game in their two-match playoff against Kazakhstan for the final spot in the 2020 Asian Championship and World Cup qualifier

​Report and photo: Asia rugby

As hosts of the play-off China got off to the perfect start with the 13-8 lead, despite trailing 5-3 at the end of the first-half at the Jiujiang Sports Centre.

Lock Aruzhan Kariyeva gave Kazakhstan the lead with a try in the 29th minute before fly-half Ming Chen put China on the score sheet with a penalty.

It was an error strewn performance from Kazakhstan versus a pioneering one from China and with the visitors down to 14 players for 20 minutes of the second-half, the hosts capitalised with two tries including one from replacement Xiao Dan Ma.

Kazakhstan’s full-back Aigerym Daurmnayeva scored a penalty in the second forty but China’s pressure continued and they now take confidence into Saturday’s second leg thanks to a late try courtesy of wing Wei Yan Wang
 
 

China: 1: Xin yue ZHOU 2: Lu xue WANG 3: Hui hui ZHANG 4: Ming MA 5: Xue WANG 6: Xin WANG 7: Wan ting ZHANG 8: Yuan yuan LU ( C ) 9: Xing HAN 10: Ming CHEN 11: Wei yan WANG 12: Yan ZHOU 13: Xiao WANG 14: Yu qian CHEN 15: Zheng ZHOU 16: Si PENG 17: Kang ping SUN 18: Hong ting RUAN 19: Chen jie GE 20: Fei WANG 21: Xiao dan MA 22: Jing DAI 23: Yue yue WANG

Kazakhstan: 1: Diana ABISHEVA 2: Anna RAKOVA 3: Natalya KAMENDROVSKAYA 4: Aruzhan KARIYEVA 5: Lyudmila IVANOVA 6: Liliya KIBISHEVA 7: Kundyzay BAKTYBAYEVA 8: Symbat ZHAMANKULOVA 9: Daiana KAZIBEKOVA 10: Balzhan KOISHHYBAYEVA ( C ) 11: Yeva BEKKER 12: Alina ASKEROVA 13: Vlada ODNOLETOK 14: Darya TKACHYOVA 15: Aigerym DAUREMBAYEVA 16: Kuralay TURALYKOVA 17: Mariya GRISHINA 18: Viktoriya REVYAKINA 19: Yekaterina KAMENKOVA 20: Akzhan RAKHIMBERGENOVA 21: Nargiza BEKEZHANOVA 22: Vera BOICHENKO