Giant-killing performance by Vidyartha

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Vidyartha, one of the toughest opponents in the Schools League, created the first major upset of the tournament when they beat the much-fancied St. Peter’s by 11 points (1 try, 2 penalties) to 7 points (1 try, 1 conversion) in their Dialog Inter Schools Rugby League 2022 encounter worked off at the Nittawela Rugby Stadium last evening.

At the short whistle Vidyartha led 5/0. This defeat for the Bambalapitiya school will add more pressure on them to perform better in the rest of their matches if they hope to be one of the leading contenders for the League title this year.

The game was played under wet conditions and ball handling was very difficult. The lads from Bambalapitiya found it very tough, making a number of handling errors. Whenever the home team got opportunities, they converted them into points and took the game away from the Peterites.

 Hooker Kalana Premaratne scored the only try for Vidyartha through a forward’s rush. In the second half Vidyartha put over 2 penalties through full back Menuka Thilakaratne.

For the losers their try was scored by Vishwa Silva with Emith Jayaweera adding the extras.

Vidyartha is coached by Nalin Wijesinghe with Ananda Kasturiarachchi as their Rugby Director.

The last time Vidyartha won against St, Peter’s was in Bambalapitiya in 2012 under Jason Dissanayake.

Referee Gihan Yatawara

By Special Correspondent