Joes edged out Wesley in a thriller, enters the finals

Joe’s edges out Wesley 16-13 in the semi finals

Inter-Schools President Trophy Tournament

By Jason Perera

The firm favourites St.Joseph’s College Maradana edged out a fighting Wesley College Colombo by 16 points (1 try, 1 conversion, 3 penalties) to 13 (2 tries, 1 penalty) in their inter-Schools Presidents Trophy knockout Semi finals rugby match played at Havelock grounds at Havelock Park.

At half time Wesley led 5-0.

Wesley enjoyed a good 1st half as they dominated the play and didn’t leave room for Joes to play their natural game. Wesleyites started to score first, putting 5 points on the board after scoring an unconverted try through their three-quarter Nithila Sanwidu Rodrigo.

And the first half ended 5 points to Wesley and nil to Joes.

After the turn around the Josephians managed to crawl their way back into the game through fly half Dilhara Subash who scored twice off his boot early on in the second half and put the Josephians in front for the first time by 6 points to Wesley 5.

Immediately from the restart, the lads from St. Joseph’s College continued on their good form with a try scored through Jehan Athukorala. Dilhara Subash slotted in the conversion and they went on to lead the match by 13 points to 5.

With time running out and the game seemingly getting away from Wesley College, they made a comeback of sorts. With the momentum turning on its head, Tharusha Jayawardena put over a penalty with minutes left to cut the deficit to 8 points to 13.

The next scoring for Wesley came from Tharusha Jayaweera, who spun their magic and broke through the first line of defence where he beat the fullback to score a brilliant try but unfortunately Shaveen Jayawardena missed the conversion but the final score stood at 13 all.

At extra time Joes player Rodrigo fired across the match winning a simple 25 metre penalty at the end of extra full time and at the end of full time the final score stood at St.Joseph’s College 16 points to Wesley College 13.

NDB Player of the Match: Sachithra Lanka (SJC Lock forward)

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