A 13-man St. Peter’s College team beat Trinity College 30-25 with an excellent rally in the last 20 minutes of play in their inter-school League rugby match at Bambalapitiya on Saturday.
The Peterites trailed 10-20 in the second half and conceded Trinity a 25-13 lead at one stage in the second half as their two top players fly-half Sandesh Jayawickrema and centre Nishon Perera were yellow-carded and sent out by referee Irshad Cader following a brawl.
But the spirited Peterites minus the two players hit back and reduced the gap 25-20 thanks to a stunning try by full-back Diyath Fernando who punted the ball, charged down, collected and scored for Kevin Dixon to convert.
In the dying minutes of the game the Peterites realizing it was all about going for the ball and not the man, scored again and converted making the scores 27-25.
Five minutes before the end the Peterites out over a penalty to stretch the lead 30-25 and win an exciting contest.
In all the Trinitians scored three tries, two of which were converted along with two penalties while the Peterites scored four tries two of which were converted along with two penalties.
Trinity dominated the first half and took a 20-0 lead by the 25th minute of play with some fine ball-play, but with the entry of Peterite skipper Kevin Dixon ten minutes before the first half ended, the home team got down to scoring as Dixon himself crossed the line.
In other matches of the same tournament Isipathana College smashed S. Thomas’ College 66-15, Royal College crushed Kingswood College 49-7 while Science College had to do everything to put down a never-say-die St. Joseph’s College 29-26.