Day 1 of the Singer All Island U18 Rugby Sevens Championship ended in a rather dramatic way as the favourites and front runners of the Schools league, finished behind teams that play in the ‘B’ Division.
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What happened at Racecourse?
|Group – A||Group – B||Group – C||Group – D|
|01||St. Peter’s College||S. Thomas’ College||Wesley College||Trinity College|
|02||Dharmaraja College||Isipathana College||St. Anthony’s College||Lumbini College|
|03||St. Sylvester”s College||Piliyandala Central College||St. Aloysius’ College||Richmond College|
|04||Rahula College, Katugastota (withdrew)||Prince of Wales College (withdrew)||St. John’s College||Nalanda College|
In Group ‘A’ the defending champions, St. Peter’s College, managed to stay on top as they remained unbeaten throughout the day, playing just two matches since the Katugasthota Rahula College team withdrew from the tournament. The Peterites managed to score 31 points against both their opponents whilst only conceding 7 points throughout the two games.
Group B fielded the favourites Isipathana College, who were definite contenders for the Cup. But, surprising the entire stadium, the resilient Thomians beat the Green Machine 17-12 and went on to top the group and qualify for the Cup quarters. A second place finish for the Pathanians meant that they will fight for the Bowl tomorrow.
As predicted by many, Wesley College topped Group C after winning all three games and remaining unbeaten as they qualified to fight for the Cup championship tomorrow. St. Anthony’s College finished in second whilst St. Aloysius and St. John’s finished 3rd and 4th respectively.
The Trinity Lions were the most exciting to watch, as they prevented their opponents from going over the whitewash in all three games whilst they piled up a mammoth 147 points throughout the day. Lumbini College finished in second in Group D while Richmond managed to force Nalanda to the bottom of their group.
What happened at the Royal Complex?
|Group – E||Group – F||Group – G||Group – H|
|01||Science College||Sumangala College||St. Joseph’s College||Zahira College|
|02||Kingswood College||Royal College||DS Senanayake College||Moratuwa MV|
|03||Thurstan College||Maliyadeva College||Mahanama College||CWW Kannangara College|
|04||Ananda College||Piyarathana College||Eheliyagoda Central College||Lalith Athulathmudali College|
Despite having many experienced players, Kingswood College failed to lock the top spot in Group E as Science College rose to the occasion when it mattered and defeated the King’s 14-12 in a nail-biting encounter to qualify for the Cup quarters.
In a rather surprising turn of events in Group F, the juniors of the ‘threepeat’ schools rugby league defending champions Royal College, failed to match the standards of their first XV team, as Sumangala College Kandy got the better of the Royalists defeating them 21-07 to top the group.
The most intense battle took place between DS and St. Joeseph’s when they took each other on in the match that would decide the Group G topper. However, after 14 minutes of play, nothing separated the two teams as the game ended in a 5-all stalemate. Joes finished on top of the group after calculating the points scored and conceded.
Last year’s, Runner’s-up, Vidyartha College withdrew from the tournament allowing underdogs Zahira College to top Group H in a convincing manner. The Maradana lads won all three games to finish in 1st place as Moratuwa MV and CWW Kannangara followed.
|Cup Quarter Finals|
|9.00||St. Peter’s College||V||S. Thomas’ College|
|9.20||Wesley College||V||Trinity College|
|9.40||Sri Sumangala College||V||Science College|
|10.00||St. Joseph’s College||V||Zahira College|
|Bowl Quarter Finals|
|10.20||St. Sylvester’s College||V||Isipathana College|
|10.40||St. Anthony’s College||V||Lumbini College|
|11.00||Kingswood College||V||Royal College|
|11.20||D. S. Senanayake College||V||Moratuwa MV|
|Shield Quarter Finals|
|11.40||Dharmaraja College||V||Piliyandala MV|
|12.00||St. Aloysius College||V||Richmond College|
|12.20||Thurstan College||V||Maliyadeva College|
|12.40||Mahanama College||V||CWW. Kannangara College|
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