by our Special Corr. in Kandy
It was pulsating, high octane rugby at Bogambara yesterday, as the Rajans came from behind to sneak a 21-20 win over a spirited Science College team.
Science had gone into the lead early on fullback RSP Singhe. Around five minutes later, the Rajans paid dearly for a missed pass, when a Science player collected the ball and sent flanker G. G. H. Thilanka on a 50 yard run to score under the posts. Singheconversion heightened the Rajan’s worries.
However, a B. Hettiarachchi drop goal cut the deficit to 13-3 at lemons.
The visitors at this point tended to try and sit on their lead. Their play, which was fiery early on and which rattled the Rajans, was no longer so.
Ultimately, the power of the forwards and the pace of the back division had to tell for Dharmaraja.
Flanker Janaka Wijesinghe came up with a dandy try when he side-stepped and weaved through the defence. This try went unconverted (13-8).
The Rajans scored again off a forwards rush and Wijesinghe added the extra points. The home team was playing with more vigour, now that they had taken the lead.
Science’s woes were aggravated when a player was spotted for an infringement by referee Gamini Indrasena. Fullback Wijesinghe nonchantantly fired for the Rajans to lead 18-13, with the minutes slipping by.
Skipper Richard Dharmapala now took a hand in the proceedings. He did a beautiful dummying, side-stepping run, but was held just short of the line. Prop Saumyakana went over the next minute and Gomes’ conversion gave Science the lead (21-10).
The euphoria was short lived as a Science player was penalised with a minute or two to go and Wijesinghe made no mistake with the kick, to win a thriller for his team.