Seylan sets the pace
Seylan Bank led by CR&FC fly half Amjad Buckhs gave a scintillating performance at the 36th annual Mercantile Rugby Sevens to remain unbeaten in the Group ‘A’ Cup.
|Action during MAS ‘A’ and Christy Holdings game which MAS won by 12 points to five. – Pic Ranjith Perera.
Last year Seylan Bank ‘A’ was the runners-up to Butani ‘A’, losing the final at 5-7. This year Butani Exports are not taking part in the competition.
The other teams in the Cup quarters are no pushover sides – MAS Holdings ‘A’, JKJH ‘A’, Access ‘A’, Christy Holdings with a Fijian player, is certain to provide absorbing rugby when the competition is continued today at the CR&FC Grounds at 9.30 a.m.
The finals will commence at 5 p.m.
Mr.Nushad Perera, General Manager/Sales Marketing Dialog GSM will be the chief guest.
DFCC Bank led by old Trinitian and Sri Lanka lock Duminda de Silva made the highest score of 43-0 against Metropolitan ‘A’ yesterday. They made their debut to play in the Shield quarters and will meet Standard Chartered Bank today.
Today’s quarter-final line up:
Cup: Seylan Bank vs Capitol AE 1; Ceylinco’ A’ vs HSBC, Access vs Christy Holdings, John Keells ‘A’ vs MAS Group. Quarter-final losers in the Cup will go to the Plate semi-finals.
Bowl: Quarters – E2 Wis vs Hirdaramani ‘A’, Dialog ‘A’ vs V and U Electronics, Brandix vs Dissanayake Enterprises, HSBC Data Processing vs Commercial Bank.
Shield: Suntel vs Muslim Commercial Bank, Hirdaramani ‘B’ vs Lanka Bell, MAS C vs Dialog ‘B’, DFCC Bank vs Standard Chartered.
There was a tie-breaker in the Cup for the third place between Access and John Keells ‘A’. Access won on a toss. JKJH was placed fourth. Ceylinco’ A’ was placed second.
Shanaka Fernando (Metropolitan Group) has played in the Mercantile Sevens for 25 years. Today the MRFA will present a memento for his continuous participation in the event.