Dulaj boots Peterites to easy victory

By Shamseer Jaleel

A contribution of 22 points by skipper and fly half Dulaj Perera of St Peter’s College helped them to over come a spirited Science outfit by 32 points (3 tries, 1 Conversion, 5 Penalties) to 6 Points (2 Penalties) win in one of their Singer 1A Under 20 rugby encounter which concluded at Mount Lavinia yesterday.
At the short breather it were the winners who led by 10-3.

Action from the St. Peter’s vs Science game - Pic by Mangala Samaraweera

Exchanges were even in a scrappy first half which was dominated by the Science who failed to put the finishing touches to their powerful three quarter moves. Science centre Richard Dharmapala was outstanding in defense as well as in attack. The Peterites on their part played far below their usual standard in the initial half. Yet they settled down in the second half to seal the game. Their skipper and national youth player Dulaj Perera was outstanding and untouchable.

He was thick in things and either went on his own or worked the line with lot of success in the second half. Petrites drew first blood in the 5th minute of the game through a 40 meter penalty by Dulaj Perera. In the mean time Science College missed two easy penalties through full back Prince Chamara. In the 12th minute of the game through a sweeping three quarter move where the ball changing hands Skipper Dulaj Perera covered nearly 60 meters to touch down and add the extra 2 points.

Science winger Chathura Gomez taking over the kicking duty put over a 30 meter penalty to cut the deficit 10-3.After the turn around Dulaj was unstoppable and spot on the kick at goal. He put over 4 penalties. Tries were scored through Prop forward Johan Rodrigo and centre Tuan Burah. For the losers Chathura Gomez put over a penalty.

Referee D Nimal
Junior games:
Under 14 : 5 all draw.
Under 16 St Peter’s won 19-0

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