May 19, 2013, 9:06 pm
It wasn’t ‘one small step’ but a gigantic leap for Dharmaraja College, Kandy as their team dished out a fascinating 48 points (six goals, two penalties) to 26 (3 goals, 1 try) win over a fighting Antonian outfit at Bogambara yesterday. With this win the Rajans seem to be well on course to an historic first ever league championship, coming on top of their B Division triumph last season.
Full back Tilina Wijesinghe, the architect of all their victories with his safe handling, attacking charges and impeccable kicking contributed 23 of the points. Within the first ten minutes, the Rajans had set a scorching pace by scoring two tries. The omnipresent Wijesinghe formed the overlap and sent Neomal Dihan over. Then powerful centre Buvaneka Udangamuwa brushed off a few tackles to scorch his way over.
Skipper Rochana Hettiarachchi was another Rajan who enjoyed a fine game. He was responsible for the third try and at 21-0 the Rajans seemed unassailable.
The Antonians had courage in plenty against heavy odds, some terrific play by the forwards led by skipper M. Ali and last years skipper Panduka Angammana saw the Katugastota lads go over twice. Angammana and Hemantha were the scorers. Hemantha converted and at the break, the Rajan lead had been cut down to 21-14. Angammana did the hard yards for St. Anthony’s early in the second half and Jagoda went over. Hemantha failed with this kick but his opposite number Wijesinghe put over a penalty to make it 24-19.
Lock L.M. Fernando touched down and Wijesinghe’s conversion meant that the Rajans were turning on the heat once more.
Not to be outdone, the Antonians kept hammering at the Rajans defence. Something had to give, Charles Praveen forced his way over the line for Hemantha to convert. (31-26)
That was the end of the road for the Antonians as the two Rajans, who had been subdued for a while came back with two more try scoring efforts. Flanker Janaka Wijesinghe took the honours.
All in all, a good match between, a powerful team which is having excellent run and a lighter, smaller side that showed lot of true grit.
Irshad Cader refereed