Dharmaraja College, Kandy, Inter-School League rugby champions, 2013. (Pic by Dimuthu Premaratne)
by Roshen Steelman
Dharmaraja College, Kandy, created history when they won the Singer Inter-Club League rugby championship for the first time, winning seven matches out of nine.
Their last match against Royal College, Colombo, on Friday ended in a draw with both teams scoring 17 points, but the Kandy supporters were all over the ground to witness the magnificent moment of Dharmaraja College winning this year’s League Championship.
Some Dharmaraja supporters were in tears, while some kept singing away.
However, Royal College fought back during the latter part of the game to draw the match. Both teams obtained their points through two goals and a penalty.
Royal College drew first blood when Dhamaraja were penalised. Rimzi Jamaldeen was on target with the 22 metre kick. Then the visitors hit back, scoring through a penalty to level the scores. Dharmaraja fly half Thilinia Wijesinghe’s fired across the penalty.
Moments later, Pradeeep Bandara ran about 20 metres to plant a try for Dharmaraja to go ahead. Wijesinghe added the extra points, and the visitors led 10-3 at the half way mark.
In the second half, the lads from Kandy stole the ball from Royal and Thilina Wijesinghe covered around 25 metres to score their second try. Wijesinghe himself added the extra points.
Then Royal College made their presence felt through Udesh Ranaweera who went over the line. Jamaldeen did the needful, adding the extra points. (Dharmaraja ahead, 17-10).
The final try for Royal was a Bhanuka Gamage affair, which was converted by Jamaldeen.
A draw it was, but the crown ended up at Dharmaraja College, in Kandy.