Defending champions of the Sri Lanka Super 7s series Mobitel Eagles continued their dominance in the franchise format of the game as they went on to win the 1st leg of the Sri Lanka Super 7s 2017 edition in Kandy defeating the Softlogic Warriors in an exciting final.
Full time scores: SLT Mobitel Eagles 19 – Softlogic Warriors 5
The Sri Lanka Super 7s series kicked off for the second time this Saturday (8th) at the Nittawela Stadium in Kandy. At the end of the first day of exchanges in the group stage of the Franchise category, the quarterfinal positions were finalized.
Softlogic Warriors having lost all of their group stage games on day 1, proved to be the surprise package as they managed to secure a place in the final after some enterprising play. The Softlogic team, led by Jason Dissanayake, defeated the Cargills Gladiators 24-14 to face Walkers CML Vipers in the semifinals.
The highly-anticipated finals saw the Softlogic Warriors making first use of the ball with their overseas duo as Ed Fidow touched down to draw first blood. The conversion didn’t find the post.
The Warriors were quite content as they hung on to a 5-point lead till the 7th minute but just before lemons, Mulipa Lesofa stepped on the gas to score under the posts and give Mobitel a slender two-point lead at half time.
The second half saw a twist of events as the foreign players from the Mobitel side took it upon themselves to take the team to victory. Over went Josevagreen Bilo and later Mulipa Lesofa assisted Shamri Burah to touch down on the far corner.
19 points up, the Warriors could not see any chance of victory but had to be content with the second place finish as the Mobitel Eagles took the win of the Kandy leg.
Full time score: SLT Mobitel Eagles 19 (3T 2C) to Softlogic Warriors 5 (1T)
Last year’s winner SLT Mobitel Eagles took the 1st leg of this year’s series in similar fashion to last year and will go in to the Colombo leg as favourites to win the title for yet another year.
Access Kings take Plate title
The Access Kings had it easy against the Danushka Ranjan led Walkers CML Vipers to take the Plate title. The full-time scores read 31-7 in favour of the Kings.
The Kings were unfortunate to miss out on a cup final losing out to the SLT Mobitel Eagles 5-7 and should be happy with their third-place finish keeping them in the close contention for the series.
EZY Wolves take Bowl; Shield for Etisalat Panthers
The EZY Wolves defeated the KBSL Dragons 19-14 to take the Bowl honours. The Wolves, who earlier missed out on the semifinals, will however take home silverware as consolation.
The Etisalat Panthers managed to take the 7th position and humiliated last year’s second leg winner; the Cargills Gladiators to win the Shield 17-0.
Day 2 Results
|No||Match||Team 1||Score 1||Score 2||Team 2|
|30||Womens-2||Navy SC||36||7||Air Force SC|
|31||F/Cup Q/F-1||Cargills Gladiators||14||24||Softlogic Warriors|
|32||F/Cup Q/F-2||Walkers CML Vipers||24||0||K B S L Dragons|
|33||F/Cup Q/F-3||Etisalat Panthers||14||19||Access Kings|
|34||F/Cup Q/F-4||EZY Wolves||5||7||Mobitel Eagles|
|35||SCH Bowl/Shield SF1||St. Joseph's College||19||12||Dharmaraja College|
|36||SCH Bowl/Shield SF2||St. Anthonys College||22||12||Isipathana College|
|37||SCH Cup/Plate SF1||Kingswood College||07||33||Science College|
|38||SCH Cup/Plate SF2||St. Peter's College||19||22||Trinity College|
|39||Womens-3||Army SC||24||0||Air Force SC|
|41||F/ Bowl/Shield SF1||Cargills Gladiators||12||22||K B S L Dragons|
|42||F/ Bowl/Shield SF2||Etisalat Panthers||14||17||EZY Wolves|
|43||F/ Cup/Plate SF1||Softlogic Warriors||20||14||Walkers CML Vipers|
|44||F/ Cup/Plate SF2||Access Kings||05||07||Mobitel Eagles|
|45||SCH/Shield Final||Dharmaraja College||15||12||Isipathana College|
|46||F/Shield Final||Etisalat Panthers||17||00||Cargills Gladiators|
|47||SCH/Bowl Final||St. Joseph's College||14||22||St. Anthony's College|
|48||F/Bowl Final||K B S L Dragons||14||19||EZY Wolves|
|49||SCH/Plate Final||Kingswood College||19||19||St. Peters College|
|50||Womens-5||Air Force SC||35||05||CR&FC|
|51||F/Plate Final||Walkers CML Vipers||07||31||Access Kings|
|52||SCH Finals||Science College||19||05||Trinity College|
|53||Womens-6||Army SC||24||00||Navy SC|
|54||F/Cup Finals||Softlogic Warriors||05||19||Mobitel Eagles|
Final Standings Franchise after 1st Leg
|1||SLT Mobitel Eagles||55|
|6||Walkers CML Vipers||22|
Knockouts and the finals of Sri Lanka super 7s Day 02 at the Nittawels Rugby stadium ..