St. Peter’s College remained unbeaten as they won an error riddled game against Science College 29 points to nil in their Dialog Schools Rugby League 2023 encounter, worked off at Bambalapitiya.
St. Peter’s opened the scoring in the first minute when Dulaj Navodya, the Peterite No. 08, ran in an interception try from the half way mark to shock the Science defence, with Kushan Tharindu being successful with his conversion. (SPC 07 – 10 SC)
The Peterites increased their lead when winger Dineth Ranasinghe broke through the Science defence with ease to bring his side to the five-meter line. After a few phases of pick and goes, Flanker Aiden Fernando dived over the whitewash to score the second try for the home side. (SPC 12 – 00 SC)
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The Peterite hooker Januka Ranasinghe was sin-binned soon after for a high tackle as Science College missed out on two kickable penalties in front of the sticks; the fullback Oshada Perera had a bad day with his kicking.
The Peterites ended the first half on a high when fly half Vindya De Mel charged down a box kick from the Science College scrum half Anuradha Lakshan, latching on to the loose ball and racing over the line for the Peterites.
Half Time: St. Peter’s College 17 (2T,1C) – Science College 00
Both teams tried to play a fast open game of Rugby in the initial stages of the second half, but handling errors converted this game to a stop start affair.
St. Peter’s finally managed to breach the Science defence when winger Dineth Ranasinghe ran in a brilliant line, passing three defenders with his pace as he cruised over for the bonus point try. Sudesh Jayawickrama stroked over the conversion to increase the lead for the home side. (SPC 24 – 00 SC)
The Peterites went down to fourteen when Januka Ranasinghe saw red as he received his second yellow card for an offside infringement.
The Peterites added another try, when Skipper Ashain Madugasge broke through the Science game line and offloaded the ball to the replacement winger Suleiman Riaz to race over the whitewash.
St. Peter’s found themselves another man down in the dying stages of the game when Salith Gallage was shown a yellow card. However, the Bamba Brigade did not allow the visitors to score any points during the game as they secured their fifth win in row and qualified for the Super Round.
Full Time: St. Peter’s College 29 (5T,2C) – Science College 00
NDB Player of the Match: Dulaj Navodya (St. Peter’s College)
St. Peter’s College: 29
Tries: Dulaj Navodya, Aiden Fernando, Vindya De Mel, Aiden Fernando, Dineth Ranasinghe, Suleiman Riaz; Cons: Sudesh Jayawickrama, Kushan Tharindu
Science College: 00