Schools Rugby League 2022, 1st Round Division 01
By Jason Perera
Young forward S.Aloka scored a superb try which enabled Science College to edge out favourites St.Peters College by 2 points (2 tries, 1 conversion) to 10 (2 tries), in their ‘A’ Division inter-schools Rugby League match played at Air Force Grounds Ratmalana on Saturday. At halftime, the Peterite led 10 points to Science 5.
The game got underway to a rousing start, where both Peter’s and Science were involved in a hectic battle for supremacy.
Both the teams had their scoring opportunities but failed to open their account. Finally, the Peterite opened scoring through a beautiful three quarter move for their speedy winger Vishenka Silva to score an uncontested try to go in to a 5-0 lead.
Few moments later Silva scored his second consecutive try of the match for the Peters but their place kicker Emith Jayaweera missed the second conversion as well but Peterites led 10-0.
Just before halftime, H. L. Kaluarachchi touched down for a superb unconverted try for Science to cut down the lead to 10-5.
Both teams went into halftime with St.Peter’s leading 10-5.
After the turn around Science College staged a spirited performance in the latter stages of the second half and they scored through their forward S.Aloka a splendid try which was neatly slotted in by Nadun Kaveesha.
It was too late for the Peterite team to turn tables to make it a victory over Science College even though Science were penalized a couple of times and it had them down to 13 men. Despite having the two-man overlap, St Peter’s College could not capitalize on the advantage to make a comeback into the game as they dished out a very poor game plan.
In the end, the gallant Science College lads become the worthy winners by 12 points to 10 over their famous counterparts. This was the first win for Science College in this year’s Schools Rugby League and that too came in their last match of the 1st Round. Meanwhile, for St.Peter’s College, plenty to work on as they now look forward to their traditional encounters of the season.
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