Greens Edge Closer to add Knock Out title

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Isipathana and St. Joseph’s will clash in the final of the Knock Out to be played on 11 September at the Royal Sports Complex Grounds.

Isipathana vs S. Thomas’

On Friday (2), S. Thomas was beaten at Havelock Park by Isipathana in the first semi-final 13-29. STC started well but found it difficult to counter the running Greens, which also entered the phases on all sides and disrupted the boys from Mount.

Almost at the start of play, Thomian Yehan Bulathsinhala converted a penalty to lead 3-0.

In the 12th minute, with all gear wheels running smoothly, the well-oiled Green Machine scored a try that may be the best of the season. Play continued for eleven phases, and Chaminda Chirath put the finishing touches. Rinesh de Silva then put over a penalty for Pathana – IC 8 STC 3.

Pathana continued to pass the ball, keep possession, and move forward with many phases of play. The unstoppable Greens went over the goalline twice, through Rinesh de Silva in the 31st minute and Soorya Dodangoda in the 42nd. Botheju converted both, while Bulathsinhala converted a penalty for Thomas’. Half time IC 29-STC 06.

Going into the second half with a comfortable lead, the Greens scored through Praveen Jayakanth and Bothju converted. IC 29-STC 06. In the 60th minute, Bulthasinhala converted a Hakeem try. IC  29-13. Pathana stayed afloat confidently using players from the bench, and the game ended with the Greens riding themselves to a knockout final

2nd leg Bradby Shield

A spirited performance in the 2nd Leg of the 76th Bradby Shield, saw Trinity beat Royal by 26 points (4T, 2P) to 21 (3T, 2P) in Pallekelle on Saturday. However, Royal retained the Bradby Shield with an aggregate of 50 points to 26. The 29-0 first leg win by Royal gave them the higher aggregate, which was what matters. 

Royal fielded the two players who received red cards in the first Leg. A gap in the process concerning the non-tournament friendly match responsibility for disciplinary matters virtually makes a mockery of the World Rugby disciplinary procedure guidelines.

Scorers: Trinity – Shaveen Premaratne 2T, Kaveesha Edama 1T, Lithmal Moragoda 1T, Kovida Wickramasinghe 1P, Anuhas Kodituwakku 1P

Royal – Dhanuja Samararatne 2T, Pasindu Heshan 1T, Nabeel Yahiya 2P

St Joseph’s vs Wesley

St. Joseph beat Wesley 16-13 in extra time to reach the final. Joes have to ask themselves why they made the game a problematic victory that came their way in the 8th minute of extra time. They were inside the Wesley 22 for the first twenty minutes of the first half. They had three penalties which were in safe kicking range, but didn’t seem to understand the importance of three points on the board in a knockout game.

Wesley, who went to Joe›s territory for the first time in twenty minutes, kicking to space after a penalty for a high tackle, continued, and Sawindu Rodrigo planted a try to lead 5-0. Shaveen Jayawardena failed with the conversion.

Wesley conceded several penalties while defending Joe›s onslaught, but held on to the 5-0 lead till halftime.

In the second half, Joes decided to aim at the post when awarded a penalty and scored twice through Dilhara Subash. SJC 06 – WC 05.

 With greater confidence, the Joes went for a series of picks and hits, and Jehan Athukorale scored for Dilhara Subash to convert. SJC 13 – WC 05. Shaven Jayawardena scored through a penalty to narrow the gap. SJC 13- WC 8.

Jayawardena and Tharusha Jayaweera combined well to lead into Joe’s territory, and Jayaweera went over the line to score. However, Jayawardena failed with the conversation, and scores were level 13 all at the final whistle.

Into extra time the drama unfolded, and tensions rose. The delight of Wesley’s breakthrough was short lived as the Assistant Referee had his flag out for a previous foul play. Rodrigo failed with a penalty kick at goal, and the five minutes were up to change sides.

A conversion attempt by Rodrigo for the Joes with two minutes of play left hit the upright and bounced back. Joes collected the rebound and kept on attacking, while Wesley was penalised for an offside. Rodrigo made use of the third attempt of extra time, and the Joes sailed into the final.

Whistle Watch

      I. There is much on social media which does not look good for the game.

    II. A player must not intentionally charge or obstruct an opponent who has just

kicked the ball.

Sanction: Penalty. The non-offending team chooses to take the penalty either:

a. At the place of the infringement; or

b. Where the ball lands or is next played but not nearer than 15 metres from the touchline, or Other foul play, it is on the spot.

By Vimal Perera