St. Peter’s College pocketed the schools under 16, 12-a-side rugby title by beating Royal College in the final, played at the Bogambara Stadium.
A key feature in the final was that it didn’t go the distance and a winner was found after the second half was three minutes old. The playing time of the final had to be curtailed due to poor light.
The final was played after quarter past six in the evening. St. Peter’s were able to 7 points in the first half through a try and a conversion. How the tournament was conducted and the manner in which the winner was found was confirmed to Nation by the coordinator of school rugby N.J. Mudannayake.
When contacted, the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association Secretary, Denzil Darling said that the MICs of both teams had agreed to play the match subject to conditions. The final had commenced in semi darkness. Critics pointed out that it would have been ideal if the both teams had been declared as joint champs under these circumstances.
The tournament was organized by the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association and sponsored by Nestle.
The tournament featured as many as 384 players from 32 schools. Thirty-four schools participated in the tournament.
St. Peter’s beat St. Anthony’s, Trinity beat Kingswood, Royal beat Wesley and Science beat Isipathana.
St. Peter’s beat Trinity, Royal beat Science.
St. Peter’s beat Royal.
Plate – Kingswood College defeated Wesley College 14-12
Bowl- St. Joseph’s beat D.S. Senanayake College by 19-5,
Shield – Ananda beat Nalanda by 20- nil