Royal prevail as St. Peter’s falter

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By M. Shamil Amit
St. Peter’s can only blame themselves for the 10-17 defeat at the hands of Royal in their second match of the U20 inter-schools rugby tournament played at Bambalapitiya yesterday.

Poor ball handling saw them throwing away many scoring opportunities and also denying a win that was well within their reach.
The Peterites succeeded to keep the Royalists at bay and did not allow them to score any points in the second session of play but repeated basic errors cost them the game.

Royal made their scoring in the first half through a goal and two tries as against a goal and a penalty scored by St. Peter’s. 
It was St. Peter’s who drew first blood through a penalty booted over by fly half Stephen Sivaraj but back to back tries by centre Janidu Dilshan one of which was converted by wing three Mohamed Shaqir saw Royal going into the lead.

Royal grabbed the opportunities that came their way and off a line out prop forward Himantha Hirushan barged through for an unconverted try for Royal to lead 17-3 at the breather.

There was no further scoring until the halfway stage of the second half.

In the 26th minute St. Peter’s fly half Stephen Sivaraj in a solo effort succeeded to slice through the Royal defence to score under the posts which he himself converted to reduce the deficit to seven points. St. Peter’s had the try line staring at them during the dying stages but poor ball handling prevented them from going over the goal line. 
Referee – Dinka Peiris