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Merciless Koreans rout Australia, seal semi-final spot

15 October 2016

A dominant all-round performance by the Republic of Korea saw them register a comprehensive 63-25 victory over Australia, extending their winning run to four out of four matches. The Korean team is now the first team to qualify for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup semi-finals. While the Aussies did enthral the fans with their attacking game and effort, the Koreans proved to be too ruthless in the end. Both teams were at full throttle and didn't hold back throughout the match. Among the players, Dong Gyu Kim and Cheol Gyu Shin posted Super 10s for the winning side, while Adam Schneider scored six points for Australia.

The Republic of Korea rested their usual starting 7 to give some game time and match experience to the next string. Australia opened their account with a technical point as their opponent failed to start the raid within five seconds. But Cheol Gyu Shin made up for that mistake at the very next opportunity with a fantastic super raid. In just four minutes of the match starting, Dong Gyu Kim helped his team with another super raid to inflict the first all-out on Australia. The flying Asians imposed another all-out and increased the lead to 23-9 by the 14th minute.

The first half ended with a 30-14 scoreline in the favour of Republic of Korea.

The second half started with an outstanding team effort from Australia in which they pinned down the Korean raider inches away from the mid line. The Australians were looking a little out of sorts when their defenders were going for silly advance tackles, gifting easy points to the Koreans. The Group A table-toppers asserted their supremacy in the second half, foisting two more all-outs in the 34th and 38th minutes. A super raid from Jae Cheol Lee brought the second half to an end as his team ended the opponent’s misery with a commanding victory.

With this win, Republic of Korea remain unbeaten in the tournament and also qualified for the semi-finals. In their journey so far, they’ve even beaten kabaddi giants like India and Bangladesh. They might avoid Iran in the semis if they seal the top spot in Group A. Australia may have lost the match but looked a much improved side under the coaching of former Indian player Navneet Gautam and this is a good sign for them.

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