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Peterites run circles around Rajans in season’s opener

A Peterite player is well tackled by the Rajans defence in the Dialog schools rugby league match played at Bambalapitiya yesterday. Picture by Samantha Weerasiri
A Peterite player is well tackled by the Rajans defence in the Dialog schools rugby league match played at Bambalapitiya yesterday. Picture by Samantha Weerasiri

St Peter’s College kicked-off the Dialog schools rugby league season with a bonus points victory over Dharmaraja College Kandy by 50 points (8 tries, 5 conversions) to 14 points (2 tries, 2 conversions) at Bambalapitiya yesterday. At half time the Peterites led 26-7.

Ishan Fernando played a major role in the Peterites victory touching down three important tries in the game.

Akalanka Perera drew first blood for the winners in the early minutes of the game through a try but their place kicker Thenuka Nanayakkara failed with the conversion.

Four minutes later the Peterites extended their margin with another try through Ishan Fernando off a pass from Yasodha Mendis. Fernando dived over the line by the left corner after running a good 30 meters.

Nanayakkara booted well to add the extra points and the score read 12-0.

Senura Perera scored the Peterites third try in the 22nd minute and Nanayakkara added the extra points to extend the lead further to 19-0. The Rajans struggled to contain the Peterite onslaught and managed to cut down the deficit to 7-19 when Bandula Vidanage scored their first try and Sowmiya Wijeyasiri converted it.

In the latter stage of the first half Malinga Shashan contributed a try that was converted to increase the Peterites lead to 26-7.

The second half was also dominated by the home team with some fine touch downs.

Ishan Fernando scored two tries and one was converted by Windya de Mel. Yasodha Mendis and Shehan Nathaniel also contributed with a try each. De Mel converted one of them.

Dharmaraja scored once more through Tharanga Deleepa which was converted but the Peterites had already sealed the fate of the game.


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