Isipathana College gave a fine lesson of rugby to their opponents D. S. Senanayake College before emerging victorious by a massive margin of 69-13 in their Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament fixture worked off at Welisara on Saturday (1).
The defending champions playing their final preliminary round game in Segment 1A were on fire as they ran down as many as eleven tries and successfully converted seven of them.
The team from Havelock Park carried too many big guns with them as they warmed-up for the more important second round fixtures of the tournament while crossing their opponents’ goal line at regular intervals.
Isipathana also took this opportunity to test their bench strength while providing the chance to some of their less experienced players after they had built up a commanding 38-8 lead at the half way mark.
They were equal to their task in the second half as well and always played with a positive frame of mind which has been a hallmark of their rugby throughout this season.
D. S. Senanayake of course had no answer to their opponents’ power rugby and they managed to score only a couple of tries and a penalty.
Joes retain Wiratunga Shield
St. Joseph’s College produced a stunning performance to beat their traditional rivals St. Peter’s College 25-10 in their Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match worked off at Bambalapitiya on Saturday (1).
The Josephians playing with a lot of courage and determination outplayed their rivals and also went on to retain the Rev. Fr. Basil Wiratunga Shield for the second successive year.
St. Joseph’s after a slow start, picked up their momentum and went on to seal the game in their favour while collecting their points from two goals, one try and two penalties after having led 10-0 at half time.
The Peterites of course put up a disappointing performance despite playing at home as they managed to score only two unconverted tries in the second half of the game.
Even then, the exchanges were even during the first 30 minutes of play with the possession shared as both teams made a desperate attempt to gain territorial advantage.
However, St. Joseph’s opened scoring late in the first half with a neat penalty and few minutes later they were able to score their first try of the match which helped them to gain a psychological advantage going into the interval.
The Joes began the second half with another penalty conversion which enabled them to extend the lead to a commanding 13-0.
The lads from Darley Road simply consolidated their position and combined quite effectively to score their second try and to further increase the lead 18-0.
St. Peter’s eventually got their act together well and they managed to score their first try midway in the second half and to reduce the deficit to 5-18.
The Peterites further increased their chances of making a comeback while scoring their second try and reduced the deficit to 10-18 at that stage.
But St. Joseph’s were not prepared to throw this great chance away and they virtually sealed the game in their favour while scoring their third try during the latter stages.
Antonians down Rajans in second half rally
St. Anthony’s College came from behind with a magnificent performance to beat their home town rivals Dharmaraja College 34-24 in a vital Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match worked off at the Nittawela Stadium in Kandy on Saturday (1).
The Antonians who were trailing 17-24 at half time staged a remarkable second half rally and went on to snatch the game while collecting their points from three goals, two tries and one penalty.
The Rajans of course were cruising along at one stage after having made a fantastic start to the game but could not match their opponents in the second half and surrendered having responded with two goals and two tries.
St. Anthony’s were put under tremendous pressure at the start of the game after they had conceded two early tries to their opponents and were trailing 0-12 at one stage.
The Rajans looked quite confident as they dominated the opening 20 minutes of play following some splendid rugby where they enjoyed a great amount of possession in the line outs and set pieces.
However, St. Anthony’s made a good recovery through their dynamic set of three quarters and scored their first try to make it 7-12 mid way in the first half.
But the Rajans inspired by their early success added more points to their tally and scored again to extend their lead to a commanding 19-7.
The Antonians of course never allowed their opponents to run away with the game and kept their hopes alive while putting over a crucial penalty which reduced the deficit to 10-19.
The lads from Katugastota then reduced the margin to just a couple of points with their second try of the match and were trailing 17-19 shortly before the interval.
But Dharmaraja powered their way to score another try through their forwards which helped them to build up a commanding 24-17 lead going into half time.
The second half of course was completely dominated by the Antonians as they settled down to play more aggressive rugby while successfully retaining possession for a long period.
They planted three classic tries in the second half to underline their supremacy and more importantly they did not concede any points to their opponents during this period.