Joseph’s clinch Plate Championship
Joes fly half Chathura Senaviratne scored 22 out of the 27 points his team scored.
St. Joseph’s College, Colombo secured the Plate Championship of the inter school under-20 league tournament as they defeated Dharmaraja College, Kandy 27 (2-tries, 1-conversion, 5-penalties) -10 (1-try, 1-conversion, 1-drop goal) in Bogambara on Saturday.
It was Dharmaraja who took the lead early in the match with their fly half Chameera Perera firing across a wonderful drop goal, but then Joes came back strongly scoring a goal and four penalties in the first half to take 19-3 half time lead.
Joes number eight Devon Fernando who is having a sensational season, added another try to his tally going down to open their account. The conversion was made by fly half Chathura Senavirathne who turned out to be the hero for visiting Joes side.
Senavirathne booted over four penalties in the first half and made sure Rajans had no chance of a comeback to the match as he scored a vital try in the second half in addition to another penalty. Senavirathne scored 22 out of the 27 points Joes scored on Saturday.
Rajans’ only try was scored by the forward P. Epa which was successfully converted by Gishan Perera.
With this win, Joes will be able to play top division rugby next season while Rajan’s destiny will be decided by the match between D.S.Senanayake College and Kingswood College, Kandy which will be played today (Monday).
The match was followed by some ugly scenes as spectators and players from both teams involved in a brawl, and as a result, six players; three from each team were hospitalized. (JS)