European teams in Germany and Spain have surprised all and sundry with their sterling performances, in the rain at this year’s Carlton Sevens in Sri Lanka.
While most of the top teams did not send their “first” sides to Sri Lanka because of next weekend’s Emirates Dubai Sevens, the competition was nevertheless fierce and hard at times.
The home team Sri Lanka made the crown delirious with happiness when they claimed the Shield Final.
Germany surprised all when they claimed the Bowl competition. However, the biggest surprise was reserved for Spain who progressed to face the Digicel Fiji Barbarians for the Cup Final. At the time of writing, the Fijians are leading the Spanish at halftime.
The Fiji Barbarians earlier dispatched of the SA Vipers, effectively the South African second team 28-19.
(While I am typing this, the crowd and the commentators (and me) are stunned by what what sounds like gunshots from the stands. However, the commentators just confirmed that it is actually the sound of fire-crackers set off to welcome the Sri lankan President to the event.)
Half-time was just called and the pitch is covered with smoke due to the fire-crackers.
Update: The final whistle sounded that saw the Josepha Bole put the final nail the the Spanish coffin by scoring the last try of the tournament.
The Digicel Fiji Barbarians beat Spain 36-7 for the Cup Final of the 2010 Carlton Sevens in Sri Lanka.
Not too shabby for a couple of day’s work… First prize of US$25,000
The traditional Fijian thanksgiving of bowing and giving three claps…