Isipathana College, Colombo emerged victorious in the Under 20 Rugby 7s tournament at the All Island School Games after defeating Science College, Mt. Lavinia by 31 points to 05. The Matches were worked off at the Royal College Sports Complex.
Isipathana conceded an early try in the game, which was played in muddy conditions, but only needed a matter of minutes to equalize and then go on to build a comfortable 14 point lead at half time. The second half saw the men in green scoring 3 more unanswered tries to earn themselves a relatively easy win in the end.
Isipathana had an easy passage to the finals, outclassing Vidura College 42- nil in the quarter final and Sri Piyarathne Vidyalaya 42 points – nil in the semis. Science College earned their ticket to the finals overcoming Royal College in Quarterfinals and Moratu Maha Vidyala in the in the 2nd semifinal.
Moratu Maha Vidyalaya defeated Sri Piyarathne College in the 3rd place play off.
Sri Lanka Under 18 youth player Nadeesh Chaminda of Isipathana College was named Player of the Tournament.
The All Island School Games started in 1984 as a concept by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while he was Minister of Education with the vision of introducing sportsmen and women with exceptional abilities in the sports arena to the international level. The games include 28 group games and athletic events while over 39,000 school children have taken part in this year’s event. Rugby was included for the first time this year.
1st Place: Isipathana College
2nd Place: Science College
3rd Place: Moratu Maha Vidyalaya
Player of the Tournament: Nadeesh Chaminda (Isipathana)