Kingswood in stunning 29-7 win over Thomians
RUGBY: Kingswood College delivered a stunning blow as they brought
down S. Thomas' College by 29 points to 7 points in their Singer inter
school under 20 Division One Group A league rugby tournament match
played at Mount Lavinia yesterday.
The former champions playing their first game in Colombo collected
their points from three goals, one try and one penalty after having led
15 nil at half time. S. Thomas' College managed to score just a solitary
The Kingswoodians were able to grab the initiative following some
real hard work from their dynamic set of forwards and backed up by the
speedy three quarters. They had certainly done their home work and were
well prepared to counter their opponents threatening moves with some
good spoiling work.
But more importantly Kingswood College had a game plan and they rose
to the occasion with a magnificent all round performance. They seem to
have studied their opponent's strength and weakness well and were quick
to pounce on any Thomian mistakes.
The Kingswood forwards played a well organized game and they made
certain that they retain possession for a long period. As a result they
were able to cause a great amount of damage to the opposition
psychologically by earning more penalties.
Kingswood of course went into this important game with their heads
high having notched up the second biggest victory in the current season
where they routed home town rivals Vidyartha College by a massive margin
of 67 points to nil last week.
They were able to carry on with that same form despite performing
away from home and cruised to their fourth victory in the tournament.
They had plenty of good ball and every time they were able to add
pressure on the opposition through some neat and clean collections in
the line outs and set pieces.
Kingswood College opened scoring with a superb penalty from their
reliable place kicker and fly half Roshan Weeraratne who in fact had an
outstanding game while converting three of their four tries.
Kingswood scored twice before half time through centre Chamindu
Bandara and their number eight and captain Gayan Rathnage who led the
pack quite beautifully while also initiating several scoring
Rathnage added one more try to his tally in the second half with
winger Eranda Ranaweera scoring their fourth try of the match. Scrum
half Ammangama scored a consolation try for S. Thomas' College.
Referee: Dilroy Fernando.