St Peter’s power in the second half was too much for Wesley as they succumbed to a 50-13 defeat in their Singer Under 20 Division 1A inter-schools rugby encounter played at Bambalapitiya yesterday.
The Peterites having led 17-8 at the breather made up their points through five goals and three tries to Wesley’s two tries and a penalty. In the process they chalked up their seventh win for the season and are well clear of taking the league title.
Action at St Peter’s vs Wesley match played yesterday. Pic by Ranjith Perera
It was the Wesleyites who put up the first scoring points on the board with a penalty booted over by skipper and second row Azmi Omar in the 15th minute. Eight minutes later the Campbell Park boys increased the lead with Omar in the action again.
But that was all that they could do in this half as the Peterites got into action with by scoring tries within the space of five minutes first was skipper and No 8 Keith Gurusinghe who did it in the 35th minute.
This was followed by a try two minutes later by their star player and centre Dhanushka Ranjan and the third try in the dying stages by prop forward Steve Nelson. Scrum half Rizwan Meedin was able to convert only one of these.
The resumption saw the Peterites getting their act together with burly Shenal Dias being in the centre of all happenings. Two tries in the second and ninth minute by Gurusinghe and Ranjan which was also their second of the match. With Meedin’s kick at goal being accurate the Peterites stretched their lead 31-8. Full back Srinath Perera further boosted the Peterites with a peach of a try under the post which again Meedin made no mistake with the conversion. The rain did not prevent the home team from having things their own way as their second centre Sandun Herath made a bee line down the left corner flag to post the sides seventh try of the match.
Wesley in a do or die effort succeeded in penetrating the Peterite defence which was initiated by Omar enabling centre Randika Tillekeratne to go over for a try.
The Peterites needing seven points to post a score of 50 points succeeded with fly half Bhanuka Nanayakkara going for a try giving Meedin an easy kick at goal which also was the final scoring before referee A.C. Tennekoon blew the long whistle.