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Pathana-Wesley clash for prestige

May 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

Isipathana College and Wesley College will be hoping to conclude the Singer Inter-Schools League Tournament on a high note when they clash in their Under-20 rugby encounter at Havelock Park on Saturday (20).

Both teams of course will be looking to bounce back after they had a major setback last week where their league title hopes were shattered following two shock defeats.

The defending champions Isipathana surrendered to their arch rivals Trinity College 10-15 in an exciting contest played at Pallekele while Wesley went down to Royal 19-35 in their fixture played at the Royal Complex.

But the two teams believe that they still have something to achieve in this tournament as the winner of this game could probably have the chance of finishing as the runners-up of the league.

In fact, for the Wesleyites it will certainly be a near ‘dream cometrue’if they couldachieve their goal as never before they havehad so much of success in an Inter-Schools Under-20 League Tournament in the recent past.

No doubt the school of Campbell Park may be quite disappointed that they missed out a great opportunity of winning their maiden Under-20 League title.

However, they could still look back at their performances with great pride as they were able to topple some of the more fancied opponents in the first-round as well as in the important Cup Championship Segment.

Overall, this was a fantastic performance from the Wesleyites considering the fact that they had conceded the opening match of the tournament tamely to Trinity by a huge margin of 24-64 in Colombo.

This will also be the last chance for Isipathana to showcase their talent potential in the league tournament before they begin their preparations for the upcoming knock-out championship.

They will be really satisfied if they could pull off this game and finish in the second place of the points table considering the fact that they had put a lot hard work to maintain high standards on the field.

In addition, the cynosure of all eyes will be on the individual brilliance of Isipathana’s full back Chamodh Fernando and Wesley’s dynamic fly half Avishka Lee who have made a great amount of contribution for their respective teams.

In fact, Fernando is one of the leading try scorers in the league tournament with eight tries to his credit having also impressed as a reliable place kicker with a total of 15 conversions.

Meanwhile, Lee has been the main source of inspiration for Wesley having made his presence felt in every outing with five tries, nine penalties and 15 conversions under his belt for a fantastic overall contribution of 82 points.

Live Updates: Under 20 inter-schools rugby league tournament – Royal College vs Wesley College; St. Peter’s College vs Zahira College

May 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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18:19 – At full time. Royal College 35. Wesley College 19.

At full time. St. Peter’s College 43. Zahira College 16.

18:17 – Royal College score another try to extend the lead 35-19.

18:15 – St. Peter’s College score another try to extend the lead 43-16.

18:07 – Wesley College score another try to reduce the deficit to 19-28.

18:05 – Eranda Harshana scores for Wesley College to reduce the margin 14-28.

18:03 – Ashan Mendis scores for St. Peter’s College to extend the lead 36-16.

18:00 – Kalyanaratne scores for Royal College to further extend the lead 28-9.

17:53 – J. Dilshan scores for Royal College to extend the lead 21-9.

17:48 – Royal College still hold on to their 14-9 lead.

17:46 – Raveen Fernando scores for St. Peter’s College to extend the lead 31-9.

17:40 – T. Dassanayake scores for St. Peter’s College to extend the lead 24-9.

17:32 – St. Peter’s College extend the lead with another try. 17-9.

17:31 – Royal College take the lead with a try from Nikhil de Silva. 14-9.

17:03 – Singhwansa converts his third penalty to give Zahira a 9-5 lead.

17:01 – Hamza Reeza scores for Royal College to take the lead 7-6.

16:52 – St. Peter’s College reduce the margin with a try from F. Abdullah. 5-6.

16:46 – Singhwansa puts over another penalty to give Zahira a 6-0 lead.

16:37 – Avishka Lee puts Wesley in front with a penalty. 3-0.

16:37 – Zahira College open scoring with a penalty. 3-0.

Live updates: Under 20 inter-schools rugby league tournament – Isipathana College vs Wesley College; St. Joseph’s College vs S. Thomas’ College

May 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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Full time – Trinity 15 Isipathana 10

At full time. St. Joseph’s College 26, S. Thomas’ College 12.

17:26 – S. Thomas’ College reduce the margin with their second try. 12-26.

17:04 – S. Thomas’ College score another try to extend the lead 26-7.

16:51 – Isipathana pull back with a unconverted try. 12-05

16:50 – Sachith Silva scores again for St. Joseph’s College to lead 19-0.

16:44 – Trinity add to the scoring. 12-00

16:44 – Avishka Lee puts over another penalty to give Wesley a 6-0 lead.

16:43 – St. Joseph’s College score their second try to lead 14-0.

16:37 – Trinity College open the scoring with a try. 7-0

St. Joseph’s College open scoring with a Sachin Silva try. 7-0.

16:35 – Match kicks off at Royal Complex between Wesley and Royal

Match between St. Joseph’s vs S. Thomas’ kicks off

Royal down Thomians to regain Gunaratne Trophy

April 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

Royal College regained the Michael Gunaratne Trophy when they defeated their traditional rivals S. Thomas’ College 31-14 in their Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament second-round fixture worked off at Mount Lavinia on Saturday (29).

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Royal who were trailing 12-14 at half time came back strongly with a spirited performance in the second half to turn the game in their favour while collecting their points from three goals and two tries.

The Thomians after a promising start completely lost their way during the latter part of the second half as they surrendered quite meekly while managing to score only two converted tries.

Royal opened scoring shortly after the kick-off with JaniduDilshan going over for a magnificent try with Mohamed Shakir adding the extra points.

However, S. Thomas’ bounced back in style with Christian de Lile adding the finishing touches to a superb move and Dion Dias made no mistake with the conversion to make it 7-7.

Few minutes later, S. Feroze found a huge gap in the Thomiandefenceand Shakir missed the conversion but Royal managed to extend the lead to a commanding 12-7 at that stage.

S. Thomas’ hit back almost immediately and succeeded in putting the opposition under pressure while bringing play into the Royal territory through some excellent rucking and mauling.

The home side managed to penetrate the Royal defence for the second time in the match as H. Senanayake went over following a crucial five metre scrum. Dias added the extra points and S. Thomas’ went into half time with a 14-12 lead.

But the Thomians could not add any points to their tally in the second half with Royal taking full control of the situation with their forwards and the three quarters forming a great combination.

The team from Reid Avenue planted three classic tries during a dominant second half performance with S. Feroze, R. Fernando and Y. Rashmika doing the honours in style.

Skakir managed to convert only one try but yet Royal ran out victorious by a convincing margin of 31-14.

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