Schools’ under-20 Singer League rugby:
Trinity edge out Isipathana 23-20
Trinity College, Kandy beat Isipathana College, Colombo by 23 points
to 20 after stiff contest in their under-20 Singer League segment-I ‘A’
division match, worked off at the CR and FC grounds, Longden Place
yesterday. Trinity score consisted of a goal, two tries and two
penalties while Isipathana tally comprised a try and five penalties.
Winger Lochana Girihagama, flanker Randika Alwis and full back Sanchana
Shiek scored a try each with center Thisila Karunatilleke put over two
penalties and the conversion for the winners. Pathanian winger Isanga
Panchama scored the only try for the losers with fly half Hirantha
Perera fired across their all five penalties.
Pathanians opened the account first with Hirantha’s penalty from the
left side but soon answered by Trinity’s Thisila putting over a penalty
to equal the scores. Hirantha added his second penalty after awhile to
regain the lead. Thisila missed a penalty when opponent’s Senal Deelaka
was given a yellow card before Hirantha executed his third penalty to
increase Isipathana lead (9-3). Thisila reduced the gap with another
penalty (6-9) but Hirantha widened the gap firing off his fourth penalty
after Trinity flanker Umesh Samarasekera was issued a yellow card.
Trinity winger Lochana scored the first try of the match just before the
short whistle, reducing the gap to a one point. Pathanians were leading
at half time (12-11).
Eventhough Pathanians seemed to be strong in the first half Kandy
lads tuned up to an aggressive rhythm from the beginning of the second
half after flanker Randika touched down from the left corner with
Thisila adding the extra points with successful conversion.
Trinity gained the control of the game (18-12) and their full back
Sanchana penetrated the rival’s defence and touched down to increase the
margin (23-12). Isipathana winger Isanga broke the Kandy defence to
score their only try but Hirantha failed to grab extra points with the
Pathanians fought hard in the latter part of the match, putting over
back to back penalties after two Trinitians, Randika Alwis and Heshan
Maldeniya were issued yellow cards, but were not fortunate enough to win
the game. Kandy boys missed two consecutive penalties, but never allowed
their opponents to make inroads to the game. They win the match with a
narrow three-point margin.