The 3 and 4th rounds of the Qatar 7s series concluded last week and in the opening match the Stallions easily overcame the Pirates, cruising to a (41-0) victory.
The Stallions controlled possession and hit the rucks fiercely. Their backs support was excellent and used the space well to keep the scoreboard ticking. The Stallions man of the match Sandy Dywili showed good game awareness and a clean pair of heels in and around the scrums and rucks. Dywili and forward Bilal Ben Balaid both posted 2 tries for the Stallions while speedster Rachid Boudala achieved 3 tries for his effort. The Stallions could only land 3 conversions from 11 tries.
Meanwhile the Lions were equally unstoppable i their opening game of the evening, outplaying the Blue Phoenix (43-0) scoring 11 tries and 5 conversions. Lions man of the match Gihan Silva was outstanding scoring 3 tries while youngster Sharith Amit recorded 2 against his name.
The Camels were made to work hard for their points and faced some stiff competition in the form of the Doha Club. Doha managed to hold out the top seeded team early in the half but in the end the Fijian connection was too strong. The sheer strength and experience of the cup holders proved they are still the standard bearers and the team to beat in the competition. The final score (19-7) with former Fiji international Orisi Sareki notching 2 tries and the man of the match award. The Camels converted 2 from 3.
In the Lions second match, they beat the Stallions (32-5) scoring 11 tries but only one conversion. Gihan Silva adding 4 more tries taking his tally to 7 for the evening. Not to be out done by his brother Shirath Amit bagged 2 tries for the Lions – one in each half. The Stallions for their part managed to score a late second half unconverted try courtesy of hard working forward Bilal Ben Belaid.
The Camels and Lions both on (16 points) share the top spot on the Qatar Rugby Sevens competition standings. They both remain undefeated after the 4th round of the November Championship wining 4 from 4. DRFC is in third place sitting on (12) points, while the Pirates (8) and Stallions (4) occupy fourth and fifth placing respectively.
Friday 18 November will see the final rounds of the championship (5 & 6).
Friday 25 November will see the closing of the QR7’s with a semis and finals series.
Thanks to Qatar Rugby for the story and photography.