Captain Diyath Fernando and wing three quarter Jason Karunathilake bagged braces as St. Peter’s College demolished Trinity College, Kandy 38 (6-tries, 4-conversions) – 24 points (4-tries, 2-conversions) in the second quarter-final of the Milo President’s Trophy Knockout Rugby Tournament concluded at Sugathadasa Stadium Saturday(10th).
Despite trailing 24-21 at the breather, Peterites staged a sensational comeback victory to book a place in the semi-final where they would face the winner of third quarter-final match between Isipathana College and St. Anthony’s scheduled to be played this evening.
Fernando, who has been one of their most consistent players this season, gave the team from Bambalapitiya the advantage at the start of both the halves. The lively full-back collected a quick pass from centre Theekshana Dissanayake before crossing the whitewash to give his side the 28-24 lead just two minutes into the resumption having opened the scoring for Petes in the sixth minute after intercepting the ball from Trinity.
Wing three quarter Jason Karunathilake who was instrumental in St. Peter’s defeating Trinity in their league encounter, once again came back to haunt the Kandy side with a crucial double. Having also played as a flanker, Karunathilake latched on to a loose ball before touching down in the 75th minute after scoring a spectacular individual try in the first half.
Centre Theekshana Dissanayake too had an exceptional match as the former Sri Lanka under-18 player made four conversions while scoring a try and making an assist.
Trinity who were battered by the Royal forwards had another ordinary day as they were outplayed mostly in the scrums and lines-out.
Centre the 18-year-old Warren Weerakoon a lone warrior for the visiting side scored twice in the first half earning his team the lead while Captain Nathan Yee too contributed with a try, but they just faded away in the second half.
The team coached by former New Zealand super star Lote Raikabula failed to add a single point to their first half score in a horrible second half.