St.Joseph’s regain the Lady Jayatilleke Shield

Beat S.Thomas 30-28

St.Joseph’s regain the Lady Jayatilleke Shield

Schools Rugby 2022

Jason Perera

St. Joseph’s College, Colombo recorded a close 30 points (four tries, two Conversions, two penalties) to 28 (three tries, two conversions, three penalties) win over S.Thomas’ College, Mount Lavina in their Lady Jayathilaka Shield rugby encounter played at Havelock Park yesterday after leading 17-10 at the breather.

It was Josephian number eight Naveen Marasinghe who opened the scoring through a forward rush. The conversion was missed by fly half Subash Dilhara to go into a 5-0 lead.

Minutes later, Thomians cut down the lead to 5-3 when fly half Bulathsinghalage put over a penalty. They grabbed the lead to 10-5 when number eight cum captain Charya Kulukulasuriya touched down for a try which was converted by Bulathsinghalage.

Immediately Jehan Athukorale scored a try for Joes and Dilhara fired across the conversion to take the lead to 17-10. St.Joseph’s went in to a 17-10 lead.

After the breather the Josephian outfit, who dominated play through their hard working forwards, gave a terrific display to completely outplay their counterparts in the loose.

However, the Mount Lavinia School came storming into the game when their fly half cum playmaker Bulathsinghalage scored a superb try through a sweeping three quarter move. He himself put over the conversion to equal the score to 17 all.

Then soon after, Joe’s fly half Dilhara fired across two quick 25-metre penalties to go into the lead 23-17.

Thomians closed the gap to 23-20 when Bulathsinhalage made no mistake with a 30-metre penalty and reduced the deficit to just three points.

St.Joseph’s increased the lead when number eight Marasinghe scored a splendid try. Subash made a brilliant conversion and they went into a 30 points to 20 lead.

In the 35th minute, Bulathsinghalage put over a 35-metre penalty for the Thomians to cut down the lead to 30-23.

At injury time, S.Thomas scored a spectacular try though winger Jaden Koch who sprinted through to touch down near the right corner flag with Bulathsinghalage failed the touchline conversion which give St.Joseph’s a thrilling 30-28 win to regain the Lady Jayatilleke Shield.

Referee – Aaqil Jamaldeen

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