Royal College breezed past DS Senanayake College by a score line of 47 (7T 6C) – 7 (1T 1C) in Singer Schools rugby encounter worked off at the Welisara Navy base grounds today.
The Reid Avenue lads started off on the front as they put the D.S. Senanayake defense under immense pressure working through their forwards. DS held up the challenge well as they held firm leaving no room for the Royalists to exploit.
The Royal persistence eventually paid off as Pasindu Perera went over the whitewash to break the deadlock. George Goonawardane who took up kicking duties replacing the injured Shaaqir Nawfer had very little trouble piercing the upright as he added to extra points. (Royal 07 – 00 DS)
Royal rallied with the wind in their sails as they wanted to build on the momentum. They wasted little time in adding to their advantage when Lehan Dezoysa went over the line at the end of yet another well-constructed offense play. GeorgeGoonawardana ran his laces through the ball and converted with ease to give Royal a handy lead. (Royal 14 – 00DS)
Despite putting together a few promising moves the DS lads were victims of their own careless mistakes letting the Royal off the hook. However, their fortunes changed when the forwards rampaged forward for R.W. Samarawickrama to go overto spark some hope for DS. H.D.Hemasiri added to more to cut the deficit in half as the D.S. Senanayake faithful grew in confidence. (Royal 14 – 7 D.S. Senanayake)
Royal undeterred by the minor setback kept pushing and probing at the D.S.Senanayake defense. They were rewarded well for their relentless pressure once again as Janidu Dilshan bullied his way over the try-line to restore Royal’s double digit lead. George added the additional points with his boot as the Reid Avenue lads once again took the driver’s seat. (Royal 21 – 07 DS)
D.S.Senanayake went from bad to worse as they were crippled numerically for an offense by K.M.Pathirana who was shown the bin. Royal added insult to injury as Hamza Reeza crossed over for George Goonawardane to convert with leads. Royal had the game by the scruff of its neck as they went lemons in a commanding position. (Royal 28 – 7 DS Senanayake)
Half Time – Royal College 28 (4T 4C) – D.S.Senanayake College 7 (1T 1C)
D.S.Senanayake set out to show more intent to get back into the tie after being completely outplayed in the first 40 minutes. Royal on the flip side made a tactical change as they shifted Hamza Reeza into the number 8 position as Lennox Calyanerathna was substituted by Mohomed Ifham. The tactics seemed to have hampered the Royalists at the beginning of the second half as the game went into a rather stagnant phase.
However, midway through the second 40 second half substitute Maleesha Perera yet another second half replacement crossed the white line to possibly put the game out of reach for the Senanities. Geroge Goonawardana stepped up once again and made no mistake in grabbing the additional points. (Royal 35 -07 DS)
Hamza Reeza once again wrestled over the line to score his second try of the game as the demoralized D.S.Senanayake lads looked completely at sea. For once George Goonawardana put a foot wrong in the game as he missed the extra two points with the boot. (Royal 40 – 07 DS)
With D.S.Senanayake losing L.T.Peiris during the latter stages of the second half due to another infringement in a ruck, Royal capitalized as Dehan Perera wrapped the game cross the line for the final time. George Goonawardana was back to himself as he made fair weather of the conversion. (Royal 47 – 07 DS)
Royal College maintain their 100% record as they make it four in four this season while D.S.Senanayake will have to go back to the drawing board to salvage their depleting season.
Full Time – Royal College 47(7T 6C) – D.S.Senanayake College 7 (1T 1C)
ThePapare.com Player of the match – Janidu Dilshan (Royal College)
Royal College – 47(7T 6C)
Tries : Pasindu Perera, Lehan Dezoysa, Janidu Dilshan, Hamza Reeza (2), Maleesha Perera, Dehan Perera
Conversions : George Goonawardana (6)
D.S.Senanayake College – 7(1T 1C)
Tries : R.W.Samarawickrama
Conversions : H.D.Hemasiri