Isipathana prevail in classic
Isipathana College, put up a superlative performance to come from
behind and shear the Lions in their own den by defeating Trinity College
by 37 points (two goals, four tries, one penalty) to 22 (two goals, one
try, one penalty) in their schools Singer Shield Under-19 rugby
tournament match played at the Trinity College rugby stadium, Pallekele
At half time, it was the Lions who were in front, leading 15-8.
The Trinitians who were in a position of strength when the teams
changed ends could not consolidate as they wilted under the terrific
pressure inserted by Pathana.
At least, two tries which was scored by the winners, could have been
stopped. If the try scorers were tackled before they gained momentum.
Three five-metre scrums were awarded to the Trinitians in quick
succession, could not be converted to points by the losers.
A try scored by the Trinitians was disallowed by the referee when the
touch judge D Nimal pointed out that there was a knock forward.
All these, with poor loose play, contributed to the Lions’ dismal
Pathana on the other hand, specially in the second half,displayed
plenty of speed and also had possession to rout their opponents.
The game started off, with Trinity drawing first blood through a
penalty fired over by fullback Saranga Gunatilleke. But minutes later,
Isipathana equalized through a penalty, put over by stand-off Isuru
But the Trinitians, were back in the lead, when winger Dange scored
far left and Saranga Gunatilleke failed to add the extra points.
But this lead was short-lived as Isipathana skipper Omalka Gunaratne
pounded his way to score far left for an uncoverted try.
Six minutes before the short break, the Trinitians once again took
over the lead when fullback Saranga Gunatilleke kicked deep and followed
up to score under the posts and added the extra points himself. The
second half, turned out to be a total disaster for the Lions as they
conceded as many as 29 points while scoring only seven. In the second
half, the Pathans, ran amok in the last 30 minutes, scoring tries
through Sachin Dilshan, Sachintha Alawathugoda, Nisal Desara and S
Isuru Kongahawatte goalled two of the tries. For Trinity College,
winger Sachintha Dissanayake scored a try and Saranga Gunatilleke added
the extra points.
Dinka Peiris refereed.