Wesley win Lions Touch 7s title for sixth consecutive time
Wesley won the 8th edition of the Lions Touch Rugby 7s for the sixth consecutive time by beating Zahira 3-0 last Friday at the Doha Rugby Football Centre.
The Blues led 3-0 at halftime before a boisterous 500 crowd. Captain Shivan Madawa, opened up the account, turning and twisting untouched to plant the first crossover.
The second try was posted by paceman Lahiru Prasad, while the third nail in the coffin for Zahira was scored by Sajith Ariyawansha. Trailing 3-0 at the break Zahira was mentally out of contention, however, their second-half start and enthusiasm told a different story as they threatened to score and challenged the champs keeping them scoreless for the entire second period. Winning captain Madawa could not hide his excitement after the final hooter telling media, “I’m really excited, it was a great match I’m so proud of the boys”.
“Zahira pressured us in attack and held us out in defence in the second half, it was really tough but thankfully, we had a game plan and we executed it”.
Zahira player maker and former captain Murshid Ahamat was disappointed at the loss saying, “It is unfortunate we couldn’t get the win. We lost the game in the first half as we strayed from our strategy”.
“Our boys never gave up, they dug in hard in the second half to defend well but we just couldn’t get the tries on. Congratulations to Wesley for a fantastic win”.