The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka

Royal, St.Peter’s declared joint champs


The Sri Lanka School Rugby Football Union has decided to award joint championship to St. Peter’s College and Royal College at the 2010 Milo Inter-school Rugby Tournament.

This came after the District Court of Colombo gave an order, dismissing with costs a case filed by parents and some supporters of Isipathana College players. They went to courts after the semi-final match between St. Peters and Isipathana was abandoned when unruly spectators pelted stones at players midway in the match. St. Peters were leading 14-0 at that stage.

SLSRFU ordered the match played again from the time it was stopped due to the disruption. Isipathana did not agree asking for a re-play as a new match.  Subsequently a group including parents players petitioned courts and obtained a stay order and the final was never played.
None of the petitioners was present in court while the lawyer informed that they have not given any instructions to proceed.

Susantha Mendis the Secretary of the Schools Rugby Football Association confirmed that they hope to claim for costs and are in the process of quantifying same  and will include a claim of losses arising from not playing the final  which  will include the loss of  gate collections. The SLSRFU has also decided to award joint championship to St, Peters College and Royal College. – VP

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