St. Peter’s College almost turned tables on tournament favourites Royal College before going down 25-36 in the absence of a reliable place-kicker in their inter-school League rugby match at Bambalapitiya, Saturday.
The Peterites stunned even their own supporters as they cracked Royal with two tries to take a 10-0 lead before the visiting team painfully drew level 10-10 on the stroke of half time.
Royal went ahead early in the second half with a try that was converted making the scores 17-10 and stretched the lead 24-10 with another try that was converted.
But the Royal forwards were rattled completely thereafter by an equally strong Peterite pack and had to rely on their backs to make headway.
The Peterites however undeterred by the 24-10 margin hit back and scored their third try to reduce the gap 24-15. Royal in a desperate move punted the ball into the Peterite half and their winger Gamage collected the ball and dashed down the right flank to score and have it converted to stretch the lead 31-15.
But the Peterites wasted no time and after hacking the Royal forwards into submission reduced the margin 31-20 with a try after which Royal scored once again making the scores 36-20.
Not to be outdone the Peterites launched another attack and succeeded in scoring their fifth try that made the final score-line 36-25.
The Peterite place-kicking trio of Sandesh Jayawickrema, Kevin Dixon and Nishon Perera missed five conversions and two penalties among them that was enough to make a difference in the final score-line while Royal missed only three conversions.
Nishon Perera scored two tries for the Peterites.
In other matches of the same tournament St. Joseph’s College beat S. Thomas’ College 27-25 and Trinity College beat Kingswood College 58-25.