Royal make it a record three titles in a row by beating Joes 24-17 | Daily News


Royal make it a record three titles in a row by beating Joes 24-17

The champion Royal College, team celebrating with the Singer trophy
The champion Royal College, team celebrating with the Singer trophy

Royal College, Colombo staved off a fierce challenge from the Josephian outfit to emerge victorious by 24-17 to clinch the Singer League Rugby title for a record third successive year.

The lads from Reid Avenue had the tough task of beating the Joes and also scoring four tries to earn a bonus point. They went all out from the start of the game scoring two early tries through hooker Rajindu Jayasuriya and winger Yasis Rashmika and with full back Dulan Gunawardena's splendid conversions Royal led 14-0.

The Joes fought back and scored a superb try through hooker Garshon Thangiah with Santhush Algama adding the extra points and also firing across a 30 metre penalty on the stroke of half time to go into lemons trailing 10-14.

The Joes grabbed the lead early in the second half when centre Imesh Dissanayake scythed through the Royal defence and made a superb cross kick and scrum half Rehan Gunawardena who followed it collected the ball and dived over by the left corner flag for a superb try and Santhrush Algama made a spectacular conversion and Joes led 17-14.

But Royal came back with an all out assault by their power packed forwards. They won a scrum in mid field and flanker Achitha Radeeshan joined the line and scored by the corner flag with Dulan Gunawardena's kick just missing the target and Royal snatched the lead 19-17.

Five minutes later the lads from Reid Avenue scored their fourth try through a rolling maul with flanker Achitha Radeeshan doing the honours again by breaching the Josephian defence to fall over for an unconverted try to lead 24-17.

The Jose came back storming in the last 10 minutes but could not pierce the Royal defence with winger Tharindu Maduranga who side stepped his way past three defenders being brought down in the nick of time by a desperate tackle by Royal's flanker Kevin Samarasekara.

The Singer League title was the fourth trophy which was bagged by the Royalists having earlier clinched the Gunaratne Trophy, Milroy Fernando Trophy and the prestigious Bradby Shield.

Wesley College ended the season on a winning note with a fine 16-7 win over Trinity College, Kandy to end up in fourth position.

Fly half Tharindu Walapitage played a key role in Wesleys success by putting over three penalties and adding the extra points to the solitary try scored by scrum half M. Dinusha.

The Trinity Lions scored their only try during the dying stages of the game through Damian Tennakoon with fly half Miranga Subasinghe making no mistake with the conversion. The lads from Campball Park came off with flying colours in the second round overcoming three strong school teams Isipathana (28-17), St. Joseph's 15-13 and Trinity 16-7. but suffered a shock 21-26 defeat at the hands of Science College, 

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