Central Kings crowned Overall winners at Carlton Super Sevens

Chief of Defence Staff and President, Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU), Roshan Goonatilake (L), hands over the Overall winners’ trophy to Central Kings captain Fazil Marija, at the conclusion of the Carlton Rugby Sevens second leg, which was worked off at the Royal College, Colombo Sports Complex, on November 5 and 6, 2011. (Pix by Gamini Munasinghe)

by Ravi Nagahawatte

Central Kings won the Colombo leg of the Carlton Super Sevens, which was just what they needed to crown themselves Overall Champions in this IPL like seven-a-side rugby tournament, which came to a conclusion at the Royal College, Sports Complex in Colombo, on Sunday.

Central Kings, led by dynamic sevens specialist Fazil Marija, ran circles around their opponents in the final - Western Warriors - before running out winners with a handsome score of 38 points against 5.

The final proved to be one-sided as Central Kings raked in six tries out of which four were converted.

Mohammed Sheriff was in fine form for the winners and ran down two tries.

At half time, the winners led 26-0.

North Western Blacks took the honours in the play-off for third and fourth places in yet another one sided final where they beat Uva Vipers, 33-14. North Western Blacks, led by Chanaka Chandimal ran down five tries while Uva Vipers responded with two touchdowns. Uva Vipers, despite the defeat, finished third overall.

Winners of the first leg in Kandy, Southern Sharks, lost their way in the tournament and had to settle for the play-off for fifth and sixth places. Southern Sharks found the going tough against the Northern Gladiators, with the score reading 14 all at one time. The Gladiators however held their nerve to pull through with a last gasp try. The final score read 19-14 in favour of the winners. Southern Sharks, however, finished second overall.

Sabaragamuwa Stallions showed so much promise throughout the tournament, but all their skills put together could produce only a win in the play-off for seventh and eighth places.

Skipper Saliya Handapangoda dazzled throughout the tournament, but how they struggled at times underscored how hard it was for all 10 teams to maintain the lofty standards that were expected by their owners and coaches. Sabaragamuwa Stallions beat Jaffna Challengers, led by Yoshitha Rajapaksa, 26-12.

Eastern Eagles prevailed over North Central Typhoons in a tense game where the former pulled off a 24-12 win.

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