Last year’s B Division champions St. Joseph’s created what could be the shock of the schools rugby season when they edged through to beat last year’s A Division runner up Trinity by 27 points (2 goals, 2 tries, 1 penalty) to 24 (2 goals, 2 tries) at Pallekele yesterday.
The Joes took an early grip on the game and led 12-3 at one stage. However the lions roared back to outsmart them 19-13 at lemons.
Kennon Armstrong, Ishan Umananthan and skipper Vishvajith Wijesinghe touched down for Trinity. Kennon Armstrong put over two conversions.
A ‘bee invasion’ halted play for around ten minutes.
For St. Joseph’s Mayura Saujeewa (winger), Malintha Soysa (No 8), Chamath Perera (flanker) and Dilan Rambukwella (second row) scored the tries while the conversions were by Malintha Soysa.
Referee D. Nimal
Trinity beat St. Joseph’s 14-7; Under 16: Trinity won 17-0; Under 18: Trinity won 32-5
Peterite’s awesome power
The formidable Peterites ran riot at Bogambara yesterday to thrash the Rajans by 61 points (3 goals, 8 tries) to nil.
It was a master class by the Peterite back division which ran at every conceivable opportunity. The backing up was excellent and the power and pace of the Bambalapitiya lads was, at times, awesome.
Skipper Paul, fly half Gunasinghe, winger Lakith Perera had excellent outings, while the forwards performed very well as a unit.
Having run-up a 36 point lead at the lemons, the winners tended to sit back and relax. The Rajans had a slightly better second half – and not numerically!
They tried to run the ball late in the game but their counter-attacks were stalled by the Peterites who swarmed round in defence.
The scorers for St. Peter’s were – Dhanushka Rajan Paul, Chamath Madinawela, Shenal Dias, Lakith Perera and Kumara. Gunesinghe put over three conversions.
Referee – Aruna Rankothge.
Under 16 – Dharmaraja beat St. Peter’s 7-0 –
Royal down SACK 39-6
The lads from Reid Avenue had a right Royal win over the Antonians beating them by a fairly massive 39 points (2 goals, 5 tries) to 6 (1 penalty, 1 drop goal) at Nittawela yesterday.
The Antonians failed to cope with the power-play of the opposing forwards and, on top of that, the Royal back division piled further agony on the home team.
Two tries by winger Chamara Dabare and one each by number eight Hamza Hassan and flanker Akram Ahamed (plus a conversion) gave the winners a half time lead of 22-3.
Hasthika Bandaranaike, flanker Akram Ahamed and skipper Naren Dhasan, fly half, touched down in the second half. Centre Duminda Atygala converted a try in each half.
Full back Tharanga Bandara converted a penalty and dropped a goal for the Antonians.
Referee : Pradeep Fernando