School Rugby: Peterites beat Antonians 32-17 in Kandy

Posted on 10 May 2014 by admin

Kandy was overcast and gloomy and it looked as if the weather gods knew that the Kandy lads were in for a torrid time. Though the Petes proved that they were in Kandy to win it must be said that if they expected the Anthonians to give in meekly that was not to be.

This being a trophy game, the Rector's Trophy on offer in revered memory of Fr. Joe Wickremasinghe of St. Peter's and Fr. Aiden de Silva of St. Anthony's, the preliminaries of introduction of teams and singing of the anthems of the two schools took place before the teams ran in for play.
With the kick off by Burah, it was clear that the Peterites meant to attack and in the first 10 minutes had much of the territorial advantage. They did earn due reward when the Anthonians were penalised mid left and Shamri Burah duly obliged to give the Peterites the lead, 3 – 0. He repeated this in the next 5 minutes from almost the same spot to increase the lead to 6 – 0.
Though the Petes kept attacking the Anthonian defence stood resolute and it was in fact the Anthonians who next put points on the board, when in the 33rd minute they worked their three quarter line to good effect for the winger to score far right. A difficult conversion was missed but the Anthonians had narrowed the gap to a mere 1 point. SPC 6 – SACK 5.
Almost on the stroke of half time the Petes who were fighting hard to add to their tally saw their scrum half, Steve Dharmaratne, pick up a loose ball and score by the posts allowing Burah to add the additional points to bring the score to 13 – 5 in favour of the Peterites.
The turn around saw the Anthonians play with renewed confidence and their plan succeeded when a superb three quarter move resulted in their winger collecting a grubber and scoring mid right, The conversion was successful and the score read 13 – 12 in favour of the Petes. The Peterites replied this with two tries from their wing forward Nishon Perera and wing three quarter Sandesh Fernando of which the former was goaled by Burah to bring the score to 25 – 12.
Both sides engaged in some foul play and the referee had no option but to sin bin a player from each side and award many penalties though most were out of kicking range.
Around the 35th minute in the 2nd half the Peterite captain, Shenal Aponso made his presence felt when he planted his first try mid left for Burah to add the extra points and bring the score to 32 – 12.
On the stroke of full time, the never say die Anthonians squeezed through the Peterite defence to score under the posts to bring the final tally to 32 – 17 to give the Peterites the win and the Rector's trophy.
Mr. Frediie refereed.
The junior game results were as follows:
Under 12 – SPC won 26 – 12
Under 16 – Tied nil all
Under 18 – Tied 7 all and retained the Darrel Wimalaratne Trophy.
Photos will be published later.
Algi Wijewickrema

Hony. Editor (SPC – OBU)

visit our Website http://stpetersobu.com

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