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Schools Rugby 7’s 2017

The Annual Schools Seven-a-Side Rugby Tournament was held on the 1st and 2nd of July at the Royal Complex and Racecourse International Stadium respectively. The 2nd day of the tournament was an exciting day and an unforgettable day for all the Thomian rugby fans.
The 1st match of the day was played between STC and St. Peter’s College which commenced at 6.20 a.m. Dion Dias kicked off the match to start and the Thomians ran through the Peterite defence to secure a victory with a score of 17-12.

The team played the semi-finals against Trinity College Kandy which commenced at 3.00 p.m. The Thomian Captain Naveen Henakankanamage scored a good try bringing hope to the team, despite which the Trinitians put pressure on the Thomians as they got a lead of 14-7. Strong teamwork and quality rugby from the Thomians in the second half proved them victorious with a score of 21-14. Both tries of the second half being scored by Naveen Henakankanamage made him undoubtedly the best skipper and best player of the tournament. The glory of converting both these tries goes out to Dion Dias.
The battle for the 7’s title was kicked off into action defending champions S.Thomas’ College and last year’s runners up Isipathana College at 5.00 p.m. in the Racecourse International Stadium. The loud cheers of the green supporters were quickly drowned out by the blue and black cheer as the first try of the match was scored by Dion Dias, followed by a try by Mayon Jayawardhane. The green machine tried to catch up, yet only scored one try to conclude the first half with Thomians leading 14-7. While keeping their defence extremely strong, the Thomians managed to break through the Isipathana defence several times. Finally, Naveen Henakankanamage, the victorious captain brought to end the finals scoring his last try for S.Thomas’College. The finals concluded with a score of 17-14 as the Thomians gained the well deserved 7’s Rugby Title for the second consecutive year.

S.B.Pilapitiya 
Courtesy, STC Media Unit