Joes beat Royal for Singer Cup championship | Daily News
SINGER INTER SCHOOLS RUGBY SEVENS TOURNAMENT 2018

Joes beat Royal for Singer Cup championship

Singer inter schools rugby sevens champions St Joseph’s College with the Singer trophy. Picture by Wasitha Patabendige
Singer inter schools rugby sevens champions St Joseph’s College with the Singer trophy. Picture by Wasitha Patabendige

St. Joseph’s College Maradana won the Singer inter-schools Rugby Sevens Cup title when they beat a fighting Royal College outfit by 21 points (3 tries, 3 conversions) to 12 (2 tries, 1 conversion) in the Cup championship final. The winners led 14-5 at half time. The tournament was worked off at Royal Sports Complex, Reid Avenue yesterday.

The match got off to a tremendous start when in the third minute of play Royal centre Thulaib Hassan collected a pass and scampered his way over to score a try near the right corner flag. Scrum half Migara Mihisanka missed the difficult conversion and they went in to a 5-0 lead.

In the fourth minute St. Joseph’s fly half Imesh Dissanayake touched down for a try under the post after a beautiful three quarter move. Scrum half Rashen Gunawardena made the easy conversion to grab the lead 7-5 in favour of the Darley Road boys.

In the sixth minute of play Joes scored a fabulous try when their speedy wing three quarter Keshan Kavinda burst through for a try under the post covering nearly 40 metres to give Gunawardena an easy conversion to increase their lead to 14-5.

This was the score at half time.

After resumption Royal cut down the lead in the eighth minute of play when their dynamic winger Janindu Dilshan scored a sensational try under the post after a solo run passing several Joes defenders. Mihisanka made the conversion and the score read 14-12 in St. Joseph’s favour.

In the 11th minute of play Joes fly half Dissanayake collected the ball and darted through for a fantastic match winning try under the post. Gunawardena made the conversion once again to seal the win for the Joes 21-12.

Earlier in the Cup semi-finals after a gruelling battle, St. Joseph’s edged out St. Anthony’s College Kandy team by 19 points to 14 and in the other semi-final Royal College beat Isipathana College convincingly to get into the all-important finals 28-12.

Meanwhile in the Plate final the gallant Vidyartha College Kandy team emerged victorious when they stunned formidable defending champions S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia 28-0.

Kingswood College Kandy won the Bowl championship beating Thurstan College Colombo, while Richmond College Galle grabbed the Shield championship edging out Piliyandala MMV 21-19.


 

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