St.Joseph’s beat St.Anthony’s Kandy in the Knockout Quarters
By Jason Perera
The St. Joseph’s College Maradana beat St.Anthony’s College Kandy by 34 points (4 tries, 2 penalties) to 14 ( 2 tries, 2 conversions) in their President’s Trophy knock-out rugby quarter-final match played at Royal Complex yesterday (28th August). At half time Joe led 26-7.
St.Joseph’s started off brilliantly and raced to a score of 19 points against zero with a three-try blitz in the first half. But Anthony’s did well to come back in the second half with a fiery display as the Maradana boys slowed down the pace of the game.
Joes opened scoring through their number eight Naveen Marasinghe, who touched down for a fantastic try. The conversion was slotted by fly-half Dilhara Subash. Score 7 nil in favour of Joe’s.
They scored again twice within the space of 18 minutes through a try each scored by Deshan Tharuk and towering flanker Sachintha Vaiyantha but surprisingly only one conversion was put over by reliable kicker Subash. But visitors cut down their lead to 19-7 when Anthony’s Scrum half Perera touched down for a try and Sahan Keerthisiri added the extras.
Soon Joes made it 26-7 with a try scored by flanker Sachintha Vaiyantha with fly half Subash making the conversion.
St.Joseph’s College went into the breather leading 26 points to 7.
Soon after the resumption, Subash slotted in a 40 metre penalty to increase the lead to 29-7.
Scrum-half Perera touched down for another try and Sahan Keerthisiri added the extras to cut down the lead to 14-29.
Joes Randika Dahamjaya scored a brilliant corner flag try which Subash missed the conversion but increased their score to 34-14.
The visitors had plenty of chances to breach the Joseph line, but their moves lacked the finishing touches, despite the presence of so many reputed players in the side.
The final score stood at St.Joseph’s College 34 points to St.Anthony’s 14.
Referee : Dilum Deeshana
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