Isipathana College and S. Thomas’ College pumped up for the final weekend of under-20 schools rugby when they cleared their penultimate hurdles, before the big game, convincingly.
The game between Isipathana and Royal was easily the draw during a weekend full of rugby action as the green shirts got ready for the Thomian challenge with a memorable 28-14 win at Longden Place.
The winners dented Royal’s pride by destroying the much feared rolling maul which the Reid Avenue lads seemed to have perfected till this game.
Isipathana scored four tries and seemed to have the cutting edge when they decided to work their three quarters. Skipper Sumudu Rankothge had a splendid game and scored two tries to put his team 14-7 in the lead at half time.
The match was played in a pressure cooker atmosphere and the scores were deadlocked many times during the 80 minutes of rugby.
Isipathana did well to take the lead in the second half through a try by Ravindu Padmasanka. Isipathana’s final points came through a penalty try.
Thomians in run-away win
S. Thomas’ College produced a stellar performance at Ratmalana as they tied up their opponents, Science College, in knots before recording a 34-0 win.
The game never reached the heights as suggested by pre-match publicity it attracted.
The formidable Thomians ran down four tries and converted all four of them apart from kicking right two penalties.
Centre H.K. Naveen was in fine form and found his way to the try line twice. The other try scorers for the winners were Joshua de Lile (1 try) and Buminda Dissanayake (1 try). The conversions were shared by Ashwantha Herath and Dion Dias.
Petes ‘sing’ at Bambalapitiya
St. Peter’s College seemed to have made a habit of taking too much time to settle down in their rugby matches, but produced a 31-22 win against Wesley College despite this weakness. The match was played in front of an appreciative crowd at Bambalapitiya.
Wesley College centre T. Avantha gave his team something to fuel their spirits when he ran through the opposition’s three quarters to plant the first try. The Peterites looked jolted by this early try, but came in to the game through tries by centre Theekshana Dissanayake (1 try) and two touch downs by hooker Ravin Yapa. The latter’s tries were aided by the forwards who grouped together and worked akin to a well oiled machine. The winners led 17-10 at the short whistle of referee D. Nimal.
The Peterites dominated play in the second half and could have scored more tries if not for faulty ball handling.
The try of the match was scored by scrum half Avishka Heenpella who ended up under the posts, a move spiced by individual brilliance.
Wesley played a disciplined game. But they lacked the skill and the drive to turn pressure into points. The lads from Campbell Park, however, did well to reduce the deficit in points to a try and a conversion when skipper and prop Zayan Sabar crashed over for a try with the second half 22 minutes old. Wesley were trailing 24-17 at this stage of the game.
The Peterites stretched their lead and sealed the game when centre Dissanayake produced his second try. Stefan Sivraj came good with the conversion.
Wesley never looked like giving up and produced their third and final try of the match when Dineru ran through for an unconverted try.