Rajans second half storm not enough to stop Kingswood

By Aubrey Kuruppu
Kingswood 43 Dharmaraja 20

The Rajans brewed up a second half storm for Kingswood, but it was a little too late as the latter had, through superb back division play, built up a commanding 28-0 lead at ‘lemons’. The final score-line read Kingswood 43 (4 goals, 3 tries) to Dharmaraja’s 20 (a goal, a penalty and 2 tries).

That the losers, by their rousing play, asserted their dominance in the second half is reflected in the fact that they out scored Kingswood 20-15 in this half. The relentless endeavours of centre Buveneka Udangamuwa to force his way through a tight defence were admirable. He succeeded but once winger Lahiru Fernando almost scored with a dandy bit of work running along the left touch line.

After centre Oshan Perera had opened the scoring in the 10th minute, Kingswood struck again five minutes later. A little chip well inside their territory bounced right for winger Jayalath who collected and gave an inside pass to Ashan Perera to touch down once again. (14-0).

Sansoni, with good change of speed, breezed through virtually untouched to score. The Rajans just stood and stared! Winger Wijesinghe’s try made it 28-0.A second effort by Sansoni early in the second half made it 33-0, and the Rajans fought back at this point.

Udugamuwa’s penalty, and scrum half Roshan Wickremaratne’s try took the tally to 33-10. Winger D.M. Wijesinghe went over off a short tap to make it 38-10. This was his second. Udugamuwa was rewarded with a try and number eight Sathsara Basnayake’s effort increased the Rajans tally to 20.

Kingswood could have achieved the 50 mark had they not gone to sleep for some time in the second half. However they have kept alive their title hopes with this sparkling won.

Referee - Piyal Navaratne.

In the Under 16 game Kingswood beat Dharmaraja 22-0.

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