Trinity College were crowned Dialog School’s Rugby Seven’s-Central Province Champions after beating Kingswood College in the Cup Finals by 33 points to 7, at Trinity College Rugby Grounds in Pallekele.
It was all set up for the perfect finale between the two best teams of the tournament. It was Kingswood who drew first blood through HKI Ishara, who ran all the way from his own half to score under the post. The hosts responded immediately, with Tevin Karunanayake fending off two tackles on his way over the whitewash. To finish off the half, Trinity took the lead through Thamuditha Dodanwatte, who used the numerical advantage after Kingswood Skipper D. Ekanayake was sinbinned for a deliberate knock on.
Half Time: Trinity College 14 (2T, 2C) – Kingswood College 7 (1T, 1C)
The second half was dominated by the hosts, as Kingswood succumbed to the pressure of the final. Ravidu Wickramasinghe extended the lead in the 9th minute with a converted try, after an initial break from Sehan Sirisoma. Trinity went on to add two more tries through Dodanwatte and Bawantha Dharmapala to finish the game strong.
Full Time: Trinity College 33 (5T, 4C) – Kingswood College 7 (1T, 1C)
- Player of the Tournament: Ravidu Wickramasinghe (Trinity College)
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Early on, Trinity College topped Group A, beating Sri Rahula College by 52 points to nil. They were then tested against Dharmaraja College whom they beat 32 points 19. The final group stage game was against their arch rivals St. Anthony’s College, which they won easily, 47 points to nil.
Kingswood College won Group B after beating St. Sylvester’s College by 26 points to 14, and Sri Sumangala College by 43 points to nil. In the last group game, Kingswood College beat Vidyartha College 38 points to 10.
Sri Rahula College 26 – 10 St Sylvesters College
A hatrick of tries from Pasindu Liyanage helped Sri Rahula College seal the Shield Final, beating St. Sylvester’s College by 26 points to 10. Sri Rahula went to the break with 7-5 lead and in the second half, they managed to dominate the game with three more tries.
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Vidyartha College 21-12 St Anthony’s College
St Anthony’s College opened the scoring early on but Kavinda Punchihewa scored a converted try to level scores at lemons for Vidyartha College. St Anthony’s started off the second half with a try from Mohommad Zacky. However, two late tries, from Punchihewa and Chirantha Kaluarachchi helped Vidyartha secure the Bowl Championship.
Dharmaraja College 26-14 Sri Sumangala Colleges
The Rajans proved too good for Sri Sumangala, who failed to carry their form in the tournament to the all-important finals. Thenuka Wickramasinghe’s converted try opened the scores for the Rajans. It was followed up by two more converted tries from Nelun Ekanayake and Rashmeera Senarath. Just before the break, Sri Sumangala College drew back the deficit through a converted try from Lakshan Sandeepa. Second half started off with a converted try for Sri Sumangala through Isuru Chanaka, but a late try from Senarath sealed the deal for the Rajans.