Kingswood College Kandy and Lumbini College Colombo topped their respective groups of the Division B segment of the Schools Rugby League and will gain qualification to the Plate segment.
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The Division B of the Schools League run concurrently with the Division I which featured 11 teams in total with 5 teams in the Group IB and 6 in the Group 2B. The teams in the IB were Lumbini College, Thurstan College, Piliyandala MMV, Mahanama College & Lalith Athulathmudali.
The relegated team from the top division, Kingswood College was grouped in the 2B alongside Vidyartha College, Ananda College, Maliyadewa College Kurunegala, St. Sylvester’s College Kandy and St. John’s College Nugegoda.
Kingswood College who got themselves relegated last season from the ‘A’ Division after a below par season has been the top performer in the lower division winning all of their matches comprehensively.
Having played 5 matches, Kingswood has finished with five wins securing a bonus point in every match played and have a net average of 5.5 at the conclusion of the first round. Their points difference shows their dominance in the matches they have played.
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Coming in second, Vidyartha College has four wins out of five to get themselves an average of 4.4. Since 2012, the Vidyartha College team has had a good season and have a good chance at getting themselves through to the top division after five years if they prove themselves worthy of the Plate championship
Thurstan College and Piliyandala MMV come in second and third in the group where there are 6 teams playing.
Only three teams to Plate
Due to the addition of D. S. Senanayake College’s inclusion, only one team from the IB segment goes ahead to the Plate title and two teams from the 2B group will progress forward.
Kingswood College Kandy, Vidyartha College Kandy and Lumbini College Colombo will be the three teams that will join the lower tier teams from the top division to battle it out for the Plate title.
There will be eight teams in total for the Plate Championship and a closely contested battle will be expected for the silverware.
St. Anthony’s College, Dharmaraja College and D. S. Senanayake College will be the teams that will be making the Plate from the Division IA segment while Prince of Wales and Science College will account for the other two teams.
The eight teams are expected to play each other and the top four teams in the Plate segment at the end of the matches will gain entry to the ‘A’ Division.