(Pic by Venura Chandramalitha)

S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia take Archibald Pereira Trophy with smashing win

Isipathana and S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia kept their hopes of winning the inter-school league rugby championship alive with stellar performances over the weekend.
The lads from the school by the sea brushed off a challenge posed by St. Peter’s in clinical fashion as they won the match 36-13 and took home the Archibald Pereira Trophy. Centre Ashwantha Herath was the team’s hero making a contribution of 16 points in a team’s total score of 32 which came off five tries, four conversions and a penalty. The Thomian win was largely possible due to the aggressive style they adopted throughout the 80 minutes of rugby.

‘Fireworks’ at Longden Place
However, the game that produced fireworks from start to finish took place at Longden Place where the formidable Isipathana College XV held their nerve to beat a fighting Trinity outfit by 32 points to 22.

The rugby in the first half was played at such a fast pace that Trinity were forced to step up their game to match the mobile Isipathana players. A key feature in the first half was that there were just a few stops which meant the ball-in-play time was healthy and fitness of both teams counted a lot. Referee Dinka Peiris was behind every move and hawk-eyed as he is, allowed the game to flow at all times.

Trinity drew first blood with a penalty, but Isipathana winger Ranidu Padmasanka was in the mood to have a run in the park. He scored twice in the first half and helped his team take a commanding 17-8 lead at half-time.

Trinity organized themselves beautifully in the second half and scored early tries through skipper Rahul Karunatilake and Shalinda Alahakoon. At one time the lads from the hill capital looked like pulling this one off when they took the lead 22-17 after Alahakoon punched a hole in the opposition’s defence with the team’s third and final try of the match.

But tries from Adeesha and scrum half Harith Bandara, who produced a beauty, where he appeared from nowhere to give life to a move which was about to halt, helped Isipathana run away with the game. Padmasanka helped Isipathana seal the game with a penalty in the dying stages of the game.

Science through
Another team which is calling the shots this season, Science College Mount Lavinia edged out Wesley College 11-7 in their match which was played at Ratmalana.

Science did well to overcome this stiff hurdle and collected their points through a try by Ashan and two penalties which came off the boots of Vibuda and Thanuja Maduranga.