No shocks at Mercantile Rugby Sevens

By Shamseer Jaleel

The 40th Mercantile Rugby Sevens continued for its second day yesterday at the CR & FC Rugby Grounds at Longdon Place in front of a packed and appreciative crowd. The knock-out stage of this tournament will take place today at 9.30 am.

The day’s highest score took place in the game between Citizens Development and Mas “C”. Citizens development ran riot scoring an easy 38-0 win in the Shield Segment. In the Bowl segment HSBC “A” were in top form winning all three of their games. In today’s games they beat Mas “B” 29-0, Entrust 10-0 and led the group standings.

Two national players represented in the caliber of Ashean Karthales and Zulki Hameed represented the bankers. In the Cup sement John Keells “A” got the better of Janashakthi “A” 14-0 while Access got the better of John Keells “B’ 24-7. Commercial Bank coached by Nilufer Ibrahim beat Suntel in a one sided game 19-0. At the time of going to press the Cup games were in progress.

Shield Quarter Final line up: Citizens Development vs Ceylon Tea Brokers; Metro Group vs HSBC “B”; V V Karunaratne Bros vs PABC Bank; Dialog “B” vs HDPL “B.” Bowl Quarter Final: HSBC “A” vs Ceylon Knit Trend; Sri Lanka Insurance vs Commercial Credit; Ceylinco Insurance vs Tristar; Lanka Hospitals vs Lanka Bell

Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Sevens outfit will be taking wing for the Asian Games in China on 18th November. The same team which participated for the Malaysian Sevens is likely to make the tour. Sri Lanka will be alongside China, India and Korea in this Group.

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