Thomians staved off Vidyartha challenge to enter Semis – President Trophy 2022

S.Thomas’ beat Vidyartha 35-19

By Jason Perera

The S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia beat a fighting Vidyartha College Kandy by 35 points (5 tries, 5 conversions) to 19 (3 tries, 2 conversions) in their quarter-finals encounter of the President’s Trophy knock out rugby match played at Havelock Park yesterday.

At half time the Thomians led 21-07.

The Thomians started off brilliantly and raced to a score of 7 points to 0 after scoring a try through their winger Jayden Kock as he barged over from close range for the first try of the game which was converted by Yehan Bulathsinghalage.

The Vidyartha managed to crawl their way back into the game through flanker Seneviratne, who shoved off a couple of tackles and danced his way over to score the first try which was converted by Menuka Thilakarathne.

Immediately from the restart, Thomians scored two runaway tries through flanker Shenal Fernando and second-row forward Perera to take control of the game. Bulathsinhalage managed to bisect the uprights on both occasions as S.Thomas’ turned the momentum in their favour to the game where they went on to lead the match by 21 points to 7.

At half time it was S.Thomas’ who led 20 points to 19.

After the first half break, the next scoring for the Thomians came from scrum-half Mahith Perera who broke through the first line of defence and beat the fullback to score a brilliant solo try after covering nearly 30 metres. Bulathsinhalage slotted the conversion and S.Thomas increased the lead to 28 points to 07.

The Thomians fifth try was scored by hooker Shehan Selvanayagam who went over the line to touch down. Their reliable place kicker Yehan Bulathsinghalage fired across the conversion to increase their lead further by 35-07.

Soon speedy winger Chathumina Nethsara scored for the Bambalapitiya lads after Vindhya De Mel missed an easy penalty for the home team.

After the restart Vidyartha college dominated the game with two back to back tries scored by replacement player Weerasinghe and speedy winger Kulathunga one of the tries was converted by Thilakarathne and they cut down the lead to 35-19.

 

At the end of full time, the final score stood at S.Thomas College Mount Lavinia 35 points to Vidyartha College Kandy 19.

NDB player of the match S.Thomas scrum half: Mahith Perera

Referee: Kelum Sadaruwan.

Photo album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4685888788180268&type=3

 

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