St. Peter’s college managed to win scrappy game against the much fancied Kingswood College outfit 14 points to 07 in their Singer Schools Rugby League encounter worked off at Nittawela earlier today .
Asiri Senevirathne kick starteded proceedings under wet conditions as the hosts gave away possession in the early exchanges by giving away unwanted penalties. The Peterite’s managed use their backs to gain valuable meters. Peterite forwards then took over control of possession by playing few phases in close quarters. Finally, Julian Charles managed to open up space for his skipper Bilal Hilmy to touch down and open the scoring for the Peterites while Thenuka Nanayakkara added the extras. (KCK 00- 07 SPC)
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Kingswood continued to give away possession through penalties and handling errors while the kicking game from the kings didn’t go so well either. The home team couldn’t find touch from the penalties they received and this error continued as the little magician Raveen Fernando collected the ball from a miscued touch, as he broke through three defenders and managed to make the kick in to the Kingswood red zone but the three Kingswood sweepers made mockery of the wet ball as the sole chaser for the Peterites, Sandesh De Mel, managed to collect the loose ball to score under the post for the Bamba brigade. Nanayakkara managed to bisect the uprights to kick in with the extra fuel. (KCK 00 – 14 SPC)
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Kingswood College had an opportunity to bag three points but they opted to a scrum as they looked to finish the first half with a try but lost possession few phases later and went empty handed to the break.
Half Time – Kingswood College 00 – St. Peter’s College 14 (2T,2C)
Kingswood had a set back at the beginning of the second half as they lost their flanker Apoorva Wijesinghe after he was sent to the bin by referee Weranga as the Peterites opted for the points but the kick from Sandesh De Mel was waved.
Kingswood were given a lifeline when Yohan Fernando got a 10-minute breather when he was sent to the sin bin for offside infringements in the breakdown.
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Kingswood managed to make a comeback when Hirusha Sampath charged down a clearing kick from St. Peter’s and collected the loose ball to score under the post to keep the game alive as the Peterites were caught napping. Hirusha Sampath managed to convert his try to cut the deficit by half. (KCK 07- 14 SPC)
Second half continued to be a stop-start affair as both teams played a slow pace game until the very last minute when Kingswood had possession near the 5-meter line and played more than 15 phases of pick drives as the Peterites bravely defended their hearts out to hold on to their lead and win their first game for this season.
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Full Time – Kingswood College 07 (1T,1C) – St. Peter’s College 14 (2T,2C)
ThePapare.com’s Player of the Match – Raveen Fernando (St. Peter’s College)
Match Referee – Praneeth Weranga
Kingswood College: Try and conversion from Hirusha Sampath
St. Peter’s College: Tries from Bilal Hilmy, Sandesh De Mel and conversions (2) from Thenuka Nanayakkara
Cautions & Send offs:
Kingswood College: Apoorva Wijesinghe (Yellow)
St. Peter’s College: Yohan Fernando (Yellow)