Joes win 22-10 after shaky start | Sunday Observer

Joes win 22-10 after shaky start

St. Joseph’s had no difficulty in overhauling S. Thomas’ by 22 points (4 tries, a conversion) to 10 (2 tries) in their inter school second round League rugby game played at Mount Lavinia yesterday.

With this win the Joes also retained the Lady Jayathillake trophy for another year.

The Joes put up a speedy performance and defended well to dominate proceedings throughout the game. Scrum half Rashen Gunawardena also ran well with the ball and scythed his way to two tries in the second half. They should have scored more if not for giving away too many penalties late in the second half.

It was the Thomians who opened scoring in the tenth minute when a series of loose mauls were won and on sending the ball out Sheshan Rajapakse went over the line far right. Basula Weerasinghe could not convert against the wind.

Thereafter, it was St. Joseph’s who scored using their burly forwards to gain territory.

They scored their first try in the 23rd minute when Shevan Gregory went over the line near the posts. Santhush Algama made the conversion with the wind assisting. Their next try was scored by Imesh Dissanayake off open play at the stroke of half time. Algama failed to convert.

Soon after the turn around St. Joseph’s increased on the lead when scrum half Rashen Gunawardena did an excellent solo run to touch down.

Ten minutes later Gunawardena once again spotted a gap after receiving the ball from their number eight and went over.

Thereafter, the Joes could not get their act together in their haste and failed to score again in this half. They even lost three players who were shown the yellow card for high tackles.

The Thomians finished off with a try by Shenuk Perera who barged over after receiving the ball in the open. The conversion was missed again, but the Joes had a comfortable lead.

Aaqil Jamaldeen refereed