as Wesley stun St. Anthony’s
Wesley - 17
St. Anthony’s - 11
Brace yourself for another upset in this topsy
turvey Inter-School rugby contest this year. Wesley fighting with
tooth and nail recorded their first win for the season when they
made St. Anthony’s eat humble pie at the Royal Sports Complex
|WHAT’S THE HURRY. This Wesley player
is well held by an St. Anthony’s forward. An incident
at the inter-school rugby game at the Royal Sports Complex grounds
yesterday which Wesley won 17-11 - Pic by Gemunu Wellage.
The Campbell Park lads made good use of their heavy
forwards to crush St. Anthony’s Katugastota 17-11. Their points
came off 2 goals and a try whilst the Antonians points came off
a try and two penalties. Wesley led 10-3 at the breather.
Nevertheless Wesley coach Dushantha Priyadarshana
was not satisfied. “Our forwards were not good enough,”
lamented the pint sized coach.
“The refereeing was far below standard.
We cannot win matches in Colombo this way,” breathed a hot
St. Anthony’s coach Viper Gunaratne Jnr.
It was Wesley’s hour of glory. They held
all the aces as their forwards fought with grim determination. They
had an early chance of surging ahead but Yasas Nonis’ penalty
kick lacked direction. In the first half St. Anthony’s very
nearly scored when Thusal Rankoth ripped the Wesley defence to shreds
with a red hot run. Unfortunately for him the move broke off due
to lack of support.
Wesley continued to dominate with winger Tuan
Jayah and the ever prominent Safir Jhan giving the Antonians a tough
time. Then came Wesley’s big moment when Yasas Nonis put over
a penalty to give them the lead at 3-0. Just before half time St.
Anthony’s made it 3 all with a penalty by Roshan Wijesiri.
Wesley increased the lead to 10-3 with Amal Pathirana crashing for
a try by the posts and deputy skipper Samantha Lakshman added the
extra points to make it 10-3 at the half, which prompted the Wesley
supporters to chant their every popular slogan: ‘Zum, zum
zacky zum zum zay………..’.
On resumption Wesley’s lead was cut down.
This time it was a penalty by Roshan Wijesiri. The scores however
still read 10-6 in Wesley’s favour.
Wesley staged a gallant fight with Safir Jhan
and skipper Yeomal Amaratunga leading the attack. St. Anthony’s
attacked sporadically with one particular move headed by Chanaka
Gunaratne tearing the Wesley defence to score by the corner flag,
This was unconverted. Wesley: 17, St. Anthony’s: 11.
This is St. Anthony’s second defeat for
the season. They beat Kingswood and lost to Trinity and now they
have crashed against Wesley. Surviving in this league is going to
be tough for them.
Referee: D. Nimal.
Earlier in the Under 16 game St. Anthony’s beat Wesley 7-0.
‘Patana’ maintain winning streak
It was running rugby at its best at Havelock
Isipathana MV gave yet another scarlet-red
performance. After leading 15-0 at the turnaround, they ran
riot to defeat Vidyartha College Kandy by 43 points (5 goals,
a try and a penalty) to nil.
Isipathana with a mobile back division generated
power rugby with their ‘eight’ had the weight,
power and strength.
Vidyartha after a gutty display in the first
half but melted like ice in the second half against the Pathana
onslaught, which ended in a spate of injuries. Cnter Roshan
Ratnayake was outstanding.The Havelock Town school capitalized
to run over four tries in this half with SajithTharanga (2),
skipper Ashan Costa (1), winger Srinath (1) and Dimuthu Tharaka
(1) scoring the tries. Full back Rizvie Mubarak was on target
with his kicks.
Isipathana are unbeaten in the competition
with wins over Science College, St.Joseph’s and won
their friendly with St. Anthony’s Katugastota.
Referee: Orville Fernando.
In the under 16 match Isipathana won 21 -7.
CR enter final
CR and FC entered the final of the Clifford
Cup knock-out rugby tournament when they beat Air Force 21
(3 tries, 2 penalties) to 13 (1 try, 2 penalties) in the quarter-final
game at Longden Place yesterday. At half time CR led 8-7.
In the first 15 minutes Senjith Kumar put
over a penalty for CR. Then Air Force put over a penalty to
make it 3 all. Air Force surged ahead at 6-3 next when Pathum
Ediriweera put over a penalty.
Tries for CR were scored by Pavithra Fernando
and Ranasinghe. Pathum Ediriweera scored for Air Force next.
CR-8. Air Force-10.
At this stage Air Force fought like terriers
and CR had pulled out all stops to turn the game in their
favour. CR’s Senthil Kumara was even shown the yellow
TODAY: CH & FC vs Havelocks at Longden