Win over Pak­istan may bring Rio place

The Herald - Sport - - RUGBY UNION -

GREAT BRI­TAIN men will line up against Pak­istan to­mor­row in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the World League in An­twerp af­ter see­ing off Malaysia 3-1 in their fi­nal pool match. Bobby Crutch­ley’s charges fin­ished their pool cam­paign un­beaten in sec­ond spot be­hind hosts Bel­gium while Pak­istan were third in their group com­pe­ti­tion.

The quar­ter-fi­nal stage is key to Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion and vic­tory would see GB in the semi-fi­nals and in line for one of the three au­to­matic places for Rio. Even a fourth-place fin­ish in An­twerp would al­most cer­tainly get the ticket to Rio, with con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­ons who al­ready have Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion free­ing up a cou­ple of ad­di­tional places.

GB were one down to Malaysia at the in­ter­val, but David Con­don lev­elled with a re­bound at penalty cor­ner. Two goals in as many min­utes put GB into the lead – Ash­ley Jack­son’s shot was de­flected into the net for 2-1, then Sam Ward turned and fired home.

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