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DateLine Sunday, 18 May 2008





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Royal in 39-22 win over Rajans

RUGBY: Royal powered by a fine forwards display spearheaded by their number 'eight' Bilal Hassan recorded a 39 points (3 goals, 3 tries, 1 penalty) to 22 (1 goal, 3 tries) win over Dharmaraja in their Singer schools rugby encounter played at the Royal College Sports Complex grounds yesterday.

The game which was just drifting without much interest suddenly took a dramatic turn as the Kandy school came back into the game during the second half which injected life to a game which otherwise looked one sided.

Royal opened scoring in the third minute of the match when Shailendra Chandrasekera put over a penalty. In the 21st minute Dharmaraja's Etipola failed to equalise missing a penalty.

Royal struck twice through their flanker Hasthika Bandaranayake who scored off a maul and full back Shailendra Chandrasekera who put the finishing touches to a three-quarter move while falling over by the corner flag. Chandrasekera failed to add the extra points to both tries as Royal led 13-0. Just before the breather the Rajans reduced the deficit when off a quick short-tap flanker M. Mudannayake fell over for an unconverted try to make it 13-5 at Lemons.

Soon after the breather Royal increased their lead when winger Nabil Faizer scored by the right corner flag. Chandrasekera made a splendid conversion to make it 20-5. They increased their lead when lock forward Shehan Pathirana crashed through for an unconverted try. (Royal 25-5)

The Rajans hit back when A. D. Etipola broke away off a maul to score a superb try which he himself converted. (Royal 25-12).

The Reid Avenue school increased their lead when their number 8 Bilal Hassan who had a fine game crashed through for a try under the posts which was converted by Chandrasekera.

The Rajans hit back once again through a try by Ratnayake which was not converted (32-17). Number eight Bilal Hassan capped a fine performance by scoring another try under the posts which was converted by Chandrasekera. (Royal 39-17).

Just before the final whistle the Rajans reduced the deficit through a Rajinder Kumar try.

Referee: Irshad Cader


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