Pathana Dump Kingswood

  Isipathana College dished out a superb brand of running rugby to beat Kingswood College Kandy in their Singer inter school 'A' Division league rugby tournament match by 53 points (9 tries, 4 conversions) to 5 (1 try) at Royal Sports Complex, Reid Avenue yesterday. The winners led 36-nil at half time.

The match got off to a rousing start with both teams battling it out for supremacy. Isipathana drew first blood in the 16th minute of play when their captain cum centre Kushan Indunil broke through the blind side to touch down near the left corner flag after covering nearly 30 metres. Scrum half Hettiarachchi made the conversion and Pathana went into a 7-nil lead. In the 23rd minute off a turn over ball, centre Rankothge fed his replacement second row forward Sasmitha Fernando who formed the overlap and burst through down the right corner flank brushing aside several Kingswood defenders to score covering 25 metres to touched down for a fabulous try. Hettiarachchi missed the conversion and Pathana went in to a 12-nil lead.

Soon after in the 27th minute of the game Pathana three quarters collected a high ball and set their three quarter line in motion where ball changed several hands from winger Fernando on to 15-year-old fly half Malintha Ruberu who dummied his way through to score far right. Hettiarachchi once again made the conversion for Pathana to lead 19-0.

Isipathana went further ahead in the 32nd minute when their tireless flanker Weeratunga went through the blind side and sliced through the Kingswood defence to score a spectacular try. Hettiarachchi missed the conversion and the score read 24-0.Within nine minutes Isipathana scored two back to back tries through winger Padmasanka, one of which he converted himself for Pathana to go into a 36-0 lead at half time. Soon after resumption Kingswood scored when their number eight Shenesh Kaushika crashed through for a try. Fly half Shivantha Ranaweera missed the conversion. The score 36-5 stood in favour of Isipathana. Within a couple of minutes Pathana further increased their lead when their open side flanker Devin Gunaratna broke through the blind side off a rolling maul and touched down for a try near the left corner flag covering nearly 20 metres. Padmasanka missed the conversion but Isipathana increased their tally to 41 points to 5. Isipathana scored again, when off a forward rush replacement second row Sharook Manabarana crashed through for a try. Padmasanka missed the conversion again but Pathana increased the scoreline to 46-5.

Isipathana College virtually sealed the match in the closing stages of the game when their dynamic flanker Devin Gunaratna scored his second try of the match when he collected a ball and darted his way over for a superb try. Padmasanka made the conversion to make the final score a runaway 53 points to 5 victory.

Referee: Dinka Peiris - WAI 

By - Daily News


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