St. Peter’s recorded a well
deserved 8-3 win over Kingswood in the final of the
Milo President’s trophy inter-schools knockout
rugby tournament concluded at the Royal Complex grounds
in Reid Avenue yesterday. Thus they dethroned the three
time and defending champions to end the season in style
by clinching a ‘double’ having won the league
|St. Peter’s skipper and
playmaker Haren Ariyawardena tries to break through.
Action from the St.Peter’s vs Kingswood President’s
Trophy rugby final. Pictures by Ranjith Perera.
It was a fitting finale with no quarters
asked nor given but the defending champs did not have
things their own way like in the final of last year’s
competition where they completely dominated play. It
was the Petes’ turn yesterday as they completely
dominated the proceedings in the second half after holding
on to a slender three points lead at the short whistle.
The final scores indicate the progress
of the game but the Kingswoodians threw away chances
of accumulating their points with fly half Dev Anand
grassing easy penalties. The first miss was in the tenth
minute.The game was played at a hectic pace. The Petes
went ahead through a penalty booted over by winger Harsha
Weerakkody two minutes before the short whistle was
blown by referee Dilroy Fernando.
At the turn around the Kingswoodian
fly half Dev Anand failed with another penalty in the
sixth minute but made amends with another two minutes
later to make it three all. From then on it was the
Peterites who dominated the proceedings.They were in
their opponent’s territory for most part of this
half and did every thing possible but score. During
this period they got an opportunity of surging ahead
but a penalty offered saw Harsha Weerakkody sending
it astray. In this half the Kingswoodians had no chance
at all and were under tremendous pressure as nothing
came right for them.
|The jubilant St.Peter’s
rugby team with the President’s Trophy
With the Petes making sporadic moves
and having the Kandy boys under control, a kick by Kingswood
centre Gayan Ratnage in their territory was successfully
smothered by Pete centre Jerald Canute who followed
it by going over for a try. This gave the Petes the
lead which they successfully held for over 15 minutes
to clinch the coveted trophy after ten years. The Peterites
last won the President’s trophy in the inaugural
tournament in 1995 which was led by Sanjeewa Abeygunawrdane.
Nalanda clinch Premier trophy
Nalanda defeated Mahanama 22 points
(one goal, three tries) to 11 (one try, two tries) in
the final of the Premier trophy knockout tournament
which preceded the President’s trophy encounter
to clinch the trophy for the first time. Mahanama led
6-5 at the breather.
Flanker Dilshan Mahagama, hooker Dasun
Jayasundara, winger Nisala Sithum and fly half Madusanka
Sandaruwan scored the tries for the winners with full
back Chandana Priyantha converting one while fly half
Sumudu Lasantha scored the try and full back Tuan Meedin
booted the two penalties for the losers.