Pathana waltz past hapless Nalanda
By Shamseer Jaleel
Isipathana College Colombo coming out for the first time this season in the inter-school rugby season sent a warning to all the schools when they thrashed the Nalanda outfit by 45 (5 goals, 2 tries) to nil at Havelock Park yesterday. At "Lemons" the Green Shirts led by 26-0.

The lads from Havelock Town had too much flair and power as they ran in seven unanswered tries against a disappointing Nalanda side who quickly ran out of ideas and were guilty of kicking away much needed possession. But the Pathana lads though had lot of possession were unable to convert in to points late in the second half. The lads from Campbell Place re-grouped, settled and played good rugby in the last 15 minutes and did not allow the Green shirts to score any points, but it was too late as the Isipathana side by that time had a clean lead of 45 points.

Isipathana drew first blood in the 10th minute of the game when Kasun brushed aside a few defenders to score far left. Full back Harsha failed to convert for Isipathana to lead (5-0). Soon Kasun went over for his 2nd try of the match by dummying his way through under the post to give Harsha an easy conversion (12-0). The nippy scrum half of the "Green Shirts" Prasad Manjula who had a grand game added 2 more tries which were converted by Harsha for the Pathana to go 26-0 at half time.

In the second half they ran in 3 more unanswered tries through Lasintha (1) and the winger Hasitha Sandaruwan (2) with two of the tries were converted to give the Havelock Park lads a good warm up victory for the 2004-2005 rugby season by 45-0.

Referee Mohamed Irshad
As this match was organized at the last moment the under 17 match did not take place.


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