S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia edged past Zahira in a thrilling contest at the Zahira College grounds on Saturday the 4th of March 2017. The contest was expected to be a one-sider as the newbies were in for a tough challenge against the tournament favorites but an amazing display of rugby from the hosts almost saw them through to victory.
The game ended 29-24 in favor of the boys from Mount Lavinia.
The Thomians started off with an exceptional try but the hosts were equally competitive as they followed up with a stunning run to level the scoreline. Both Hans Walpola and winger Lantra laid the platform for an exciting contest.
S.Thomas’ bounced back with more tries to finish 22-12 at lemons. An impressive try followed by a successful conversion took the visitors to 29-12 early in the second half. The Thomians were well ahead but Zaid Singhwansa’s double try brought the hosts back into the game. The hosts were on the attack with just a try away from creating a spectacular upset. However, the Thomian defense helped the side to a tight win.
The boys from Maradana will face Trinity College Kandy on 13th of March at the Zahira College grounds in another entertaining contest. Shamly Nawaz will surely have his plans cut out against the Kandy boys.
Speaking to Dailysports, Nuzri Munsoor (member of Zahira College rugby committee) said, “It was an important day for us as we are hosting the first A division game from a long time. Thanks to the crowd who came in numbers to support both the teams. Very proud of the Zahira boys even though the score ended unfavorable for us. We played superb rugby to come back to the game. Hope the boys correct their mistakes before the next game against Trinity.”
Meanwhile, the Anotiains defeated DS (54-25) at Pallekale, Wesley got the better of Prince of Wales (28-10), Trinity outclassed Science (54-7) and Royal muscled Peters (17-10).
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