The final encounter of the mercantile rugby sevens took place at the Colombo Race Course ground recently. Having qualified for the grand finale, Kanrich Finance beat CDB by 12-7 points to secure their rightful win at the final match.
Kanrich Finance consists of many great sportsmen and sportswomen and their dedication, perseverance and true sportsmanship have been displayed in many wins they have secured over the years in numerous mercantile tournaments and matches. Rugby was introduced to Kanrich in the year 2015 and playing their first ever game in the same year for the mercantile tournament, they bagged the Mercantile Rugby Shield, displaying great skill, talent and potential. The present rugby team at Kanrich consist of the same team members and some new players remain unbeatable on field.
In the mercantile rugby sevens final encounter against CDB the following players were in action. Shehan Dias, Udesh Madusanka, Senal Deelaka, Harsha Maduranga, Thilini Weerasinghe, Pabasara Hewage, Sanjeewa Karandagoda, Asela Weerasekara, Amith Madusnka, Janith Chathuranga, Sahan Wijayasiri. Mr Sudath Sampath, who serves as the coach for Women’s National Rugby Team and Under 20 National Rugby Team, was the coach for Kanrich Finance. The Kanrich Rugby Team was captained by Thivanka Rathnayaka.
Competing for the Mercantile Rugby 7’s Cup and Plate, Kanrich team lost the first 2 matches in the tournament against MAS and ACCESS, the two teams that consist of National Rugby players. However, their enthusiasm, team spirit and perseverance paid off when they emerged the winners of the semi-finals played against AMW. This match displayed skill and talent by Kanrich Team, thus qualifying for the finals.
At the final encounter, both teams exhibited great potential and scored equal number of points at the end of the first and the second halves. However, during the extra time given Kanrich Rugby Team re—entered the game with much defence and attack and scored a much needed try to emerge the Mercantile Rugby Sevens Plate Champions 2017. The player of the plate championship was won by Pabasara Hewage of Kanrich Rugby Team.