Thailand steals win from Japan in a nail-biting match (37-33)
Can Thailand book a berth in the semi-finals on Friday when they take on traditional rivals Japan at The Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad tomorrow? This will be the foremost question in the minds of their supporters who may travel from Thailand to the metropolis to cheer their team. IN AN ATTACKING contest filled with bravado from both sides, Japan fell short against the tight-knit all-round performance put on by Thailand. The Thailand team won the match 37-33, coming second in the contest. It was an aggressive, pulsating game where both teams started on an even note. The game started off with an equal display of talent from both teams, which would prove to characterize the majority of the night. With Thailand’s Khomsan Thongkham and Japan’s Takamitsu Kong scoring the majority of the points, the rest of their teammates were no slouches either. The first 10 minutes saw terrific plays from the whirlwind Kazuhiro Takano and the lightning fast Makoto Sawazu, setting the scores at 10-9, with Japan barely holding the lead. Continuing in this fashion for the rest of the first half, neither of the two powerhouse teams were able to get the upper hand, with the Thailand defence taking out every other Japan’s raider, and the Japan’s defence responding in kind. The half-time scores were 37-33 in favour of Indonesia. The second half started off with a bonus from Etsuki Manita, which brought the scores to 18 – 17, Thailand is still leading. The teams carried on with their reciprocating raids, but after failing to make up for a lost player through an empty raid, Bangladesh found itself left with only 4 players to Thailand. Unable to persevere with the lesser numbers, the Thailand team took them to their knees with the match’s first all out, bringing the score to 23 – 17. For Thailand it was Thongkham scored 10 plus one bonus points, Peeradach Jantajam’s contribution was significant. The latter scored two super tackles and has four raid points. Japan’s lack of defence skills tonight cost them the match and has put their playoff chances in a spot of bother.
Quarter Time View
We have divided 40 minutes of play time into 4 to look at which quarter belonged to whom.
|Time (min)||0-10||10-20||20-30||30-40||Final Score|
Thailand Raid Analysis
Players Who Spent Time On And Away From The Field
|Best Field Time||Peeradach Jantajam||Sarawut Hopet|
|Worst Field Time||Takamitsu Kono||Masayuki Shimokawa|
Most Valuable Players Of The Match
|Raider of the Match||Khomsan Thongkham||Thailand|
|Inspiring Defender of the Match||Takamitsu Kono||Japan|
|Marathon Man on the Mat||Khomsan Thongkham||Thailand|
|Moment of the Match||Takamitsu Kono||Japan|
*Raider of the Match=Player who scored the maximum raid points,
Inspiring Defender of the Match= Player who scored the maximum tackle points,
Marathon Man on the Mat= Player who has spent the maximum time on the mat.