Source: News Bharati English15 Oct 2016 10:27:47

New Delhi, October 15: Bagging first win in the Kabaddi world cup tournament, Poland defeated USA by a large margin to 79-29 to register massive victory. Post the results; USA lost the chance to enter the semi-finals due to three consecutive loses.  In another match, England defeated Argentina by 68-28 to bring their second victory in the tournament.

Poland vs USA (Poland 79-29)

Poland made the USA going all-out for five times which helped them to create a big win margin. Poland captain Michal Spiczko was the man of the moment with 16 points; 12 from raids and 4 from tackle points. Teammates Piotr Pamulak and Jakub Kloskowski followed suit with seven points each.

Right from the first raid, Poland made their intentions clear by snatching a raid and a touch point through Pamulak. In response, USA captain Troy Bacon went off to raid but was overpowered by the opposing defenders. There were hardly any empty raids in the first five minutes as both teams were busy prying for more points.

Ronald Fields’ tackle on Pamulak broke the deadlock for the Americans but it was all downhill for them thereon. Poland showed their superiority by inflicting three all-outs by half-time – the score 37-14 to Poland.

The second half was not a different story either. Poland grabbed a bonus point and Patryk Dumicz punished a sloppy USA defence with two raid points. It seemed that the American defence had tuned out and were caught napping many times by the Polish raiders. With five all-outs, Filip Szczeski’s High 5 and Spiczko’s Super 10, Poland marched towards an easy victory with a record margin: 75-29.

England vs Argentina (England 68-28)

In the second match, both the teams England and Argentina seem to be a tad cautious at the start before the English zoomed ahead. Argentina were within striking distance of England initially as they got both Adewalure and Gupta out.

But Tejash Depala was a thorn in the side for the Argentine raiders as he kept getting his thigh holds spot on. Adewalure then returned with a vengeance as Argentina wilted under his onslaught. It looked like he was taking the mickey out of his opponents with a heady mix of power and guile. Gupta too got going with Kalia being dependable as ever with England racing to 33-9 at the interval.

Argentina were in danger of conceding a lot and ended doing exactly that. They looked disjointed and impatient in defence. Their decision-making was suspect throughout while England were spot-on with theirs. Depala racked up a game high of eight tackle points, one more than the Argentine total. Adewalure breezed his way to 19 raid points followed by Gupta with 10. Kalia underlined his all-round abilities with nine raid points and four tackle points for a 13-point haul.

The South American team gifted away far too many easy points to the English. As for the English, they have improved greatly since their first-match thrashing at the hands of Bangladesh and have started to gel really well. Defence is key and England will look to the litmus tests against India and Republic of Korea next with a better sense of belief in themselves. Finally, England claimed victory 68-28.