Marvel Naveen the inspiration as S. Thomas’ retain Schools 7’s title

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By M. Shamil Amit
A repeat of the final of the Singer U20 Schools Rugby 7’s tournament of last year saw S. Thomas’ romp home by 19 points to 14 over Isipathana in the Cup final played at the Racecourse ground in Reid Avenue yesterday to retain the title.

The Thomians having taken a 14-7 lead at the breather accumulated their points through two goals and a try to the two goals scored by Isipathana. 

Two tries within a space of five minutes by the Thomians, first by Dion Dias and the other by Mayon Jayawardena which Dion converted put the pressure on Isipathana who managed to reduce the deficit through a try by Chamod Fernando who himself converted it.

The second half saw the two teams sharing honours before Thomian skipper Naveen Henakankanamage helped his side surge ahead with an unconverted try. Later an unconverted try scored in the dying stages of the game by Nadeesha Chaminda was not enough to deny Thomians from clinching the title for the second successive year and Isipathana in the process had to play second fiddle for the third time this season having earlier taken the second slot in the league and knockout tournaments.

Meanwhile St. Peter’s overcame Science 24-10 to take the Plate while St. Joseph’s got the better of Wesley 26-14 for the Bowl and Piliyandala Central bagged the Shield with a 19-14 win over Moratu MV.

Thomian skipper Naveen Henakankanamage was adjudged the most outstanding player of the tournament.