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DateLine Sunday, 11 May 2008

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Isipatana in resounding win over Antonians

RUGBY. Isipatana College cruised to their second straight victory while overcoming St. Anthony?s College by 32 points to 10 in their Singer inter school under 20 Division One Group A league rugby tournament match worked off at Havelock Park yesterday.

Isipatana collected their points from one goal and five tries after having led 17-10 at half time. The Antonians responded with one goal and one try.

This was another fine performance from Isipatana who came back strongly to dominate the entire second half through their speedy three quarters.

They simply opened out the game during the latter stages with a series of three quarter moves that helped them to pull off the game by a convincing margin.

Even then they will be disappointed that they could not convert five of their six tries which would have given them the opportunity of piling up a bigger score at the end. However they played to their potential and successfully retained the possession while dominating the set pieces and the line outs.

The Antonians of course made a promising start to the game and looked capable of stretching their opponents to the maximum. Their full back Bandara had a fantastic game and contributed all ten points in the form of a goal and one penalty.

Bandara succeeded in penetrating the Isipatana defence shortly before half time after he had formed the overlap quite beautifully. He added the extra points having earlier opened scoring through a neat penalty.

Isipatana got their act together well from there onwards with Wishmithra Jayasinghe and skipper Dinesh Chaturanga scoring two tries each in the first half. All four tries were the result of some splendid work by their three quarters where they scored following the second and third pace moves.

Isipatana completely dominated the second half and added two more tries to their tally through Srinath Sooriyabandara and Niroshana Fernando. Both tries went unconverted. D. Nimal refereed.

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