Japan beats Poland, first win for Australia

Japan secured their second straight victory of this year’s Kabbadi World Cup after beating Poland 33-22 on Wednesday.

The Asian side scored 12 points via a spirited tackling effort, also reducing Poland to an all out on one occasion.

Kazuhiro Takano was the star player for Japan, contributing eight points, while Jan Baranowicz finished as the top points scorer in a losing effort for Poland with nine points.

Skipper Masayuki Shimokawa also did superbly for Japan, scoring four raid points and three tackle points in an all-round display.

One more win for Japan would see them qualify for the semi-finals.

In the day’s second match, Australia were able to bounce back from two defeats to secure their first win of the competition, 68-45 over Argentina.

The Australians were able to tighten up their porous defence, as Jasvir Singh contributed 11 tackle points.

Raider Kuldeep Singh also played his part in attack, picking up a cumulative 14 points including 12 raid points.

The action continues on Thursday as Thailand face Kenya before Bangladesh take on South Korea.


Group A

Australia 68-45 Argentina

Group B

Japan 33-22 Poland