Royal in hard fought 14-7 win over Joes
Two penalties put over by Royal skipper and fly half Rimzi Jamaldeen
midway in the second half made the major difference when Royal pulled
off a hard fought 14 points (a try and three penalties) to 7 (one goal)
win over St. Joseph’s in the Singer Under 20 school rugby encounter at
the Royal College Sports Complex grounds yesterday after leading 5-0 at
In a compulsive forwards battle the match swung furiously from side
to side with both teams erring at crucial moments by knocking on. In the
first half the play was confined mostly in mid field with the forwards
of either side trying to break the shackles.
Royal opened scoring early in the fifth minute when number eight
Pasindu Perera scored off a five metre scrum and Jamaldeen failed to add
the extra points. A few minutes later Jamaldeen also missed an easy
twenty five meter penalty. But he later fired over two crucial penalties
to put his side on the path to victory.
On resumption the Joes forwards spearheaded by Stefan Gregory, Sheran
Johnson, Thariq Salih, S. Udumalagala, Jason Melder, Minura Randula gave
a terrific display forcing several scrums near the Royal goal line and
inserting the pressure which the Royalists withstood through their
forwards - Shahid Haniffa, Keshan Peiris, Pasindu Perera, Yasun
Weerasooriya and deputy skipper Shuayb Muthaliph.
In the tenth minute of the second half Royal went ahead further when
Rimzi Jamaldeen put over an easy twenty metre penalty.
The match swung from one half to the other with both sides unable to
penetrate each others defence. The Darley Road school missed the
opportunity of reducing the deficit when fly half Dulith Fernando missed
a thirty five metre penalty. But the Joes came back strongly exploiting
Royal’s defence lapses and lack of fitness to score a fine try when
centre Vishmitha Peiris crashed through to touch down under the post to
give Dulith Fernando an easy kick at goal and the score read 8-7.
The Reid Avenue school launched an all out assault in the last five
minutes and were rewarded with two twenty five metre penalties both of
which were put over by Rimzi Jamladeen to give Royal a close 14-7 win.
Dinka Peiris refereed.
Royal winger Udesh Ranaweera storms ahead after evading a
tackle from two Josephian defenders.
Royal’s full back Nimshan Jayawardene runs into a tackle by
Josephian Vimukthi Rahula in their Singer schools Under 20
rugby match played at Royal Sports Complex yesterday. Royal
won by 14 points to 7. Picture by Susantha Wijegunasekera.