League runner-up St. Joseph’s and Wesley secured their berths in the semi-final of the Dialog President’s Trophy knock out quarter-final worked off last evening.
St Joseph’s pulled off a magnificent 34 points (5 tries, 3 conversions, 1 penalty) to 14 (2 tries, 2 penalties) win over the Antonians at the Royal Sports Complex.
At the short breather winners led 26/7.
Joes dominated in the early half of the encounter, but the Antonians who played well in patches made some costly handling errors and paid the penalty. They did settle well in the latter half and looked a treating outfit. However, they lacked the finishing touches for majority of their fine moves.
Naveen Marasinghe and Deshan Tharuka played well for Joes, while Maliksha Perera who had a grand outing scoring both tries, along with place-kicker Sahan Keerthisinghe, were outstanding for Antonians.
For Joes Naveen Marasinghe, Deshan Tharuka (2), Sachintha Vidyana, D.Randika Dananjaya scored the tries, while three conversions and a penalty were put over by Dihara Subash.
One of the tries was questionable as it appeared that an Antonian defender touched down before the try was scored. However, after consulting the Assistant Referee, the try was awarded.
For the Antonians Maliksha Perera scored both tries, while Sahan Keerthisinghe was on target on both occasions.
Referee Dilum Deeshana
Wesley outclass Science
Wesley handed off Science College by 38 points (6 tries, 4 conversions) to Nil at Havelock Park yesterday.
At the short breather Wesley led 5/0.
Wesley scorers were winger Malisha Thiranagama, flanker Chamod Vitharamalage, prop forward Hafis Thabith, scrum half Shane Hopewood and full back and skipper Tharusha Jayaweera.
Conversions were done by fly half Shavin Jayawardena and Shane Hopewood.
Isipathana will meet St Thomas’ on 2 September, while Wesley will take on Joes on 4 September. Both games will be at Havelock Park.
By Special Correspondent