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Vidyartha top 400-point mark in inter-school rugby this season

RUGBY: Vidyartha College, Kandy became the first school in the current schools under 19 rugby tournament to top the 400-point mark when they beat Royal College, Panadura by 65 points (5 goals, 6 tries) to 17 (1 goal, 1 penalty goal, 1 penalty) after leading 29-7 in a schools under 20 Division One Segment 'B' rugby tournament match played on Friday.

The Kandy school has carried everything before them this season, chalking up comfortable victories over their opponents except in their mates against Mahanama College which they won 37-36 to remain unbeaten and be on top of the table of points. Vidyartha look set to gain promotion to the 'A' Division next season.

Vidyartha College scored tries through 'prop' Eran Samarakoon (1) Flanker Himashanka Ranawaka (1), 'Lock' Lahiru Ratnadiwakara (1) Centre Dhanushka Talwatte (4), No. 8 Jason Dissanayake (2), Winger Supun Dissanayake (1). The try conversions were made by scrum-half Chamath Fernando (2), No. 8 Jason Dissanayake (2) and Centre Dhanushka Talwatte (1).

Irshad Ariff refereed.

Vidyartha College on their victory march beat D.S. Senanayake College 44-7, C.W.W. Kannangara Vidyalaya 63-0, Zahira College, Colombo 51 - 0, Mahanama College 37 - 36, St. Anne's College 136 - 0, St. Sylvester's College 66 - 11 and Royal College, Panadura 65 - 17.

So far, Vidyartha has scored 462 points in 7 matches and they have 3 more matches to play and look set to reads the rare 500 points during the season. They have conceded only 71 points to their opponents which is a creditable performance.

The team is led by flanker Ayesh Gallahawela and Coached by former Kandy SC and National Poolist and International Rugby Referee Anil Jayasinghe who has a long-term plan to uplift Vidyartha's rugby.

He said that their main task is to gain promotions to the top division which looks a certainty now.

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