A hat-trick of tries by Hashan Madumadawa helped Science College win the Schools Cup title of the Sri Lanka Super 7s Kandy leg, as they defeated Trinity College 19-5.

Full-time score: Science College 19 (3T 2C) to Trinity College 5 (1T)

The Schools series of the Sri Lanka Super 7s, had eight teams going head to head at the Nittawela Stadium on day 1 in the initial group stage games and it was Kingswood, Science, Trinity and St. Peter’s who booked semifinal spots at the conclusion of the first day’s play.

With Trinity and Science making it to the finals of the Super 7s Kandy leg, both teams had with them an opportunity to get some silverware for the 2017 season.

It was Science College who pounced on the opportunities they got right from kick-off as Hashan Madumadawa opened the scoring in the very first minute, chasing down a loose ball.

The Lions had the chance to equalize with the efforts of Vishwa Ranaraja, who was in prime form a fortnight at the Schools’ Sevens but each of his attempts were shut down by the Science defense.

Trinity’s ineffective defense allowed Madumadawa to run through the middle for the second as the visitors from Mount Lavinia led 12-0 at lemons.

Science sealed the deal as Madumadawa completed his hat-trick with an under the post try with less than two minutes left on the clock.

Trinity, however, got a consolation try through Prabath Wimal but that did not change the outcome of the game as Science College won themselves a well-deserved title defeating the hometown heroes at Nittawela.

Science College 19 (3T 2C) – Hashan Madumadawa 3T 1C Dhananjaya Fonseka 1C

Stalemate for the Plate

There was nothing to separate the teams of St. Peter’s College and Kingswood College, who were playing for the Plate Championship, as the game ended at 19-19. It was yet another crunch game of rugby but with no clear victor at the end of 14 minutes, the trophy was shared.

St. Anthony’s win the Bowl

A strong Antonian outfit outclassed the Josephians as they got some satisfactory silverware, winning the Bowl championship. St. Anthony’s led from the front in the finals and sealed the game 20-14.

No love for Isipathana

Defending title holders of the Schools Super 7s Isipathana College finished last in the table in the 1st leg of the series as Dharmaraja College downed the Green Machines to take the Shield. The full-time score read 15-12 in favour of Dharmaraja.