The Sri Lanka Youth Under 19 rugby team cleared the first hurdle in quest for their promotion to the Junior Asian Division One category recording a convincing 37 points to 15 win over the Singapore Youth under 19 side in the Junior Asiad Division Two rugby encounter played at Havelock Park yesterday.
The Sri Lankans having taken a comfortable 18-03 lead at the breather accumulated their points through two goals, four tries and a penalty to a goal, try and a penalty by the Singaporeans.
Though Singapore drew first blood with a penalty booted over by No 8 Alexander Harrison, the half later turned out to be a one sided session with the Sri Lanka youth having things their own way.
They were much faster and baffled their opponents who also had to steer away the much heavier pack of the local side.
The Sri Lankans started their scoring spree through an unconverted try by center Hashan Nuwarapakshage which was followed by a penalty booted over by Thisila Karunathilake.
Second rower Lochana Ekanayake increased the home side’s lead with a superb try with Karunathilake adding the extra points to lead 15-03 before fly half Hirantha Perera put over a penalty which saw the sides changing ends with a score of 18-03 in favour of Sri Lanka.
The resumption saw the same scoring pattern, with Singapore making the first move through an under the posts try by center Terence Chan, but the easy conversion was fluffed.
From thereon it was Sri Lanka all the way with skipper and second row Randika de Alwis making the first scoring. The Sri Lankans scored two more tries to put the issue beyond doubt, The first was by winger Woshan Mahawatte who added the finishing touches through a three quarter move initiated in the Singapore 25 metre and Jason Melder went over for the other try following a move initiated by Danusha Gayan. Thereafter Taufiq M. Rathik scored a consolation try for Singapore which was converted by Naresh Kunasegaran in the dying stages of the game.
Meanwhile the first match between Chinese Taipei and Malaysia saw the former prevailing on a penalty shoot out after the game was deadlocked on ten points each at full time.
The Sri Lankans will now meet Chinese Taipei on September 15 (Saturday) at 4.45 p.m. in the deciding match and the game will be preceded with the losers clash between Malaysia and Singapore at 3.00 p.m.
Referee – Patrick Kwok Hong Kong).