Is Dilroy Fernando
persona non grata?
By Lal Gunesekera
The Interim Committee of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football
Union (SLRFU) who sought legal opinion from a top
President’s Counsel regarding numerous allegations
against former Executive Director of the SLRFU, Dilroy
Fernando, who is at present the Director of Sports at
CR&FC and also President of the Sri Lanka Rugby Referees
Association (SLRRA), has been informed that the IC could
inform the CR & FC and SLRRA that pending disciplinary
action by the IC of the SLRFU, Fernando, could be
treated as persona non grata, and not be allowed
to participate in any event or match organised by the
SLRFU in whatever capacity.
Among the allegations made against Fernando by the IC
are (1) suppressing the amendments to the SLRFU
constitution in 1999, (2) opening and operating E-mail
accounts under the name of firstname.lastname@example.org
and email@example.com and controlling the e-mail
accounts as his private accounts and also copying all
e-mails addressed to SLRFU to his own e-mail even after
ceasing to be the Executive Director of SLRFU, (3)
acting in collusion with Senaka Colombage (former
Administrative Manager at SLRFU) and obtaining e-mails
addressed to SLRFU to slrfudynaweb.lk and getting
all these e-mails surreptitiously diverted to Dilroy
Fernando’s personal e-mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sunday Leader learns that the legal
luminary’s opinion states that there is a strong
prima facie case for disciplinary action against
Dilroy Fernando on the above charges.
He (the president’s Counsel) further states that in
his opinion, Fernando, who is Director of Sports at CR &
FC, which is a member club of the SLRFU as set out in
Schedule 2 of the SLRFU constitution, and as President
of the SLRRA, is an affiliate member of the SLRFU
referred in Section II of the constitution.
In Section II under sub para 1 (B), the council has
the power to expel or suspend from membership of the
Union or to inflict other appropriate punishment to any
Provincial Union, club or member of any club for any
infringement of rule, regulation or by-law of the Union
or any conduct which in the opinion of the council is
prejudicial to the Union after due inquiry.
The legal luminary further states in his report that
the SLRFU has the power to take disciplinary action
against Dilroy Fernando and in the absence of the
Council, the IC, is entitled to exercise the powers of
The Chairman of the IC for the SLRFU, Dr. Maiya
Gunasekera, told The Sunday Leader that they (the
IC) will call for an explanation from Dilroy Fernando,
as "we have to be fair by all". He further said that the
opinion of the President’s Counsel, was circulated to
all present at Wednesday’s (June 23) meeting that the IC
held with representatives of Provincial Unions regarding
the amendments to the constitution.
The Secretary of the Central Province RFU, Iswan
Omar, told The Sunday Leader now that legal
opinion has been obtained by the IC regarding Dilroy
Fernando, he (Fernando) should be suspended for at least
two years. He said: Otherwise it’s a disgrace for rugby
in Sri Lanka to have a corrupt official in the caliber
of Dilroy Fernando, yet involved in the sport.
Pakistan deserved to win Twenty-20 title
The much awaited final of the T 20 World Cup saw
Sri Lanka come up second best to Pakistan, who
thoroughly deserved to win. Well done Pakistan. Coming
out in a final after other considerations had pushed
Pakistan into confusion the lads did proud by defeating
Sri Lanka comprehensively. Shaid Afridi displayed his
experience by making certain that the game was within
grasp at all times. As Sanga said aptly Sri Lanka turned
up as brides maid...... twice.
It was adequate but yet not quite a convincing ascent
into the final for our team. True we had a clean slate
upto the final but the performances were not without
scare. Let me reflect on the last two world cups. In
2007 too we reached the final (50 over version of the
world cup) but was not the winner. Gilchrist took the
Aussies home with a blistering knock. This advice from
an old hand is for the lads to reflect though not to
undermine or dent their confidence. It is crucial that a
team keeps cool in a final or even at a knock out stage
of a tournament. A relaxed but focussed team will play
to their strengths and can turn a disadvantageous
position around in their favour. It was disheartening to
note that very same lapse in the 2007 World Cup 50 overs
final. Our spin ace Murali bowled his entire spell to a
rampaging Gilchrist from over the wicket. Not once did
he switch the line. I couldn’t help but yell at the TV
screen urging Murali to go around.
A final or knock out game also require the senior
players to perform at optimum level. There is no short
cut around this. They need to relax, be cool under
pressure and lead the way. I recall predicting that
Tillekeratne Dilshan would be a top performer. He is and
he did come through. I also feel that Chamara Kapugedera
will be good in the eleven.
The team did well in the T 20 but that was due to our
bowlers doing a magnificent job right through. I do not
want to take away from the good performances of the
batsmen who scored in England but our bench looked
threadbare compared to other teams. This does not augur
well for the immediate future and needs remedy. Compare
the replacements available in the dugout to Sanath,
Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. Hmmm...?
All is not lost but we need to take stock. No
gainsaying that the seniors must come through in a
final. The 1996 world cup team was stacked with
experience. But what quality we had in the reserve
bench. The experienced lads did perform and the cup was
ours. Take heart lads and make sure that we turn up
next....... as the bride!!!!
Time to make the changes
It would’ve been wonderful were a second world title
added to our cricketers list of achievements. That, as
the world now knows, didn’t happen last Sunday, causing
here more regret than grief. Optimism had been high for
re-living 1996, fuelled as it was by Sangakkara’s men’s
all-conquering five-win march to the final; Pakistan had
stumbled in their run up to the final, losing twice,
including to Sri Lanka. The odds clearly favoured Sri
Lanka. But then, not for the first time, the formbook
It won’t be wrong though to say the failure was
partly one of our own making; hence regret outweighing
sadness. But it would be an appalling error to disregard
the resolve Pakistan brought to the playing field on the
day. Their determination to come good for reasons more
than merely proving their cricketing superiority was
Torn by bloody political convulsions that have made
the world afraid to set foot on Pakistan, eleven
cricketers sought, in the only way they can, to redeem
some respect for motherland and bring a little sunshine
into the long-joyless lives of their compatriots. And
when men driven by that sort of fervour seize battle’s
early initiative, then, they aren’t likely to surrender
Relentlessly pressed on
They seized the initiative in only the fifth ball,
claiming Man of the Tournament, Dilshan, and from then
on relentlessly pressed on. When the crucial opening six
overs were completed four wickets had been claimed and
only 34 runs conceded, so forcing Sri Lanka’s batting
into a state of mental paralysis.
Skipper Sangakkara with admirable support from young
Angelo Mathews bravely attempted to give life to ebbing
hopes, but there was no disguising that their effort was
at merely cutting losses, not one portending triumph.
Eventually Sri Lanka was restricted to 138, their
tournament lowest, not the sort of tally that smells of
roses and champagne – not even with the event’s most
potent bowling attack at their command. It is said that
the triumph of the human spirit is insuppressible;
Pakistan conjured up the finest example the cricketing
world could provide.
Of course, reasons abound why things might have been
different– (1) had we chosen to chase a target rather
than set one (2) had not Dilshan being baited into the
trap specially laid for him and so perish in the first
over (3) had Jayasuriya showed greater discretion than
to strike out for a second six/four in the same over
that he had struck a six and a four to only be bowled
(4) had Dilshan, Mubarak, Jayawardene and Chamara Silva,
collectively, added 20 more runs to the 15 they actually
did; the reasons are endless.
But to pine for the what-might-have-been is
understandable. After all, it’s not always a nation
finds itself in a final of a world contest, and the
failure only two years ago in the final of 50/50 World
Cup only went to make the yearning for success last
Sunday even greater. And with countless reasons to
ponder why the outcome might’ve been otherwise; yes, the
second failure in a world final in as many years elicits
greater regret than sadness.
No mean feat
It is the cruelty of the human mind that it doesn’t
remember any world contest by who ran second, the 2009
T-20 World Cup, so, will not be remembered by the fact
that Sri Lanka’s overall tournament record was superior
to the country that stole the trophy away. Rather it
will be remembered for Pakistan’s epical triumph over
Lest our despondency overwhelms, a counting of the
positives will help. Finishing no. 2 in a field of the
world’s best cricketing nations is no mean feat. It
should not be forgotten that we finished ahead of
Australia, the West Indies, South Africa and India, an
achievement which should offer more than solace for the
final failure. Neither should it be forgotten that Sri
Lanka had seldom figured in the pre-tournament
calculations, with more than a few doubting our chances
to qualify from the "death’’ group, with Australia and
the West Indies too in contention for the two Super
Frankly, were the no. 2 slot offered at the outset,
Sri Lanka, emerging from a brush with death in Lahore,
would have taken it with both hands. So, seen from the
perspective of expectation-and-achievement, it’s not
quite the end of the world scenario that some make it
out to be. It is fair to conclude we exceeded popular
No one will begrudge credit to Sangakkara’s
leadership for the team’s transformation of
little-hopers to no. two. Of course, to have achieved
World Cup success on debut would’ve been lovely, but to
have finished second-best isn’t bad at all. It is better
than what ten other rival captains accomplished.
Crickets fickle ways
Conversely, the denial of a triumphant debut as
leader might actually be helpful as it spares Sangakkara
the unreasonable expectation of repeating the way he had
begun. Of course, to expect a triumphant debut to spawn
a sequence of successes is illogical. The public know
well cricket’s fickle ways and any new leader can expect
sympathy for early failures. But to a captain baptised
in glory, that sympathy will be limited – just ask
Mahela Jayewardene, who abdicated in the face of
relentless criticism just two years after leading the
country to the 2007 WC final.
This is not to say the lot of the leader of the
world’s no.2 T-20 team is a lot lighter than the captain
of the champion side. But, if Sangakkara’s post-final
interview is any indication, the defeat Sunday, his
first in six games as leader, clearly has deepened his
resolve. He spoke of the coming Pakistan tour as being
an opportunity to make amends, though "revenge’’
might’ve been his preferred word but for the restraining
hand of decorum. It was easy to discern the skipper’s
disappointment, and his determination to steer the team
back on to a winning course.
He spoke of the virtues of rookies Mathews and Udana,
sentiments that strongly suggests he would like to see a
rebuilding of the national team. The selectors, of
course, have the final say on that score, but, given the
vulnerability of our batting, it is pretty obvious de
Mel and his wise men will be compelled to review the
future of at least three batsmen.
Jayasuriya’s inclusion continues to be based on hope
than faith. He keeps his place only because the
selectors think his next big knock is due in the next
game. Unfortunately that waited "big knock’’ isn’t
coming nearly as often as the team wants it. His form
the IPL too had been scratchy, which begs the question:
has age dulled his skills. The next T-20 World Cup is
nine months away and the 50-50 WC two years hence. So,
the run up months must logically be one of rebuilding,
and Jayasuriya at 40 doesn’t quite fit into the scheme
Demand of the game
It has to be said though Jayasuriya’s contribution
has been more than most of his batting colleagues. His
aggregate of 177 in the recent series, identical to that
of the skipper’s tally, is the second highest in the Sri
Lankan list. Jayewardene’s 154 is third best, but Silva
(with scores of 11,7,8,4,13,11and 14) and Mubarak (21, 8
n.o.5,7,8,7 and 0) didn’t do their cause any good. To be
fair, they bat in difficult positions, when the end of
the allotted overs is nearing end and runs are required
in haste. But that is the demand of the game, a demand
that our nos. 5 and 6 clearly were at discomfort to
It will require some bold decisions by the selectors
to decide the future of Jayasuriya, Silva and Mubarak, a
boldness bordering Pakistan’s decision to include two
17-year-olds, one to play the role of opening bowler and
the other no.1 batsmen, no less.
But if our paid-selectors (Rs.60, 000 per month;
Rs.25,000 for fuel per month and a yearly overseas trip
or two) will be willing to place their earnings and
perks at risk by adopting the brave methods of the
Pakistani selectors is left to be seen. But it’s time to
look beyond the familiar line up of batting candidates
for national duty and search among the new, untried
talents. The hugely successful experimentation of two
rookies, all rounder Mathew and quick bowler Udana,
ought to encourage de Mel’s men to do the same with a
few young batsmen, too.
Dulakshi, a talented young Squash player
By Lal Gunesekera
Dulakshi Kalhara Elikewela from Musaeus College is
only 15 years. Since taking to Squash when she was just
eight years, Dulakshi, has gone from strength to
strength, and is now one of Sri Lanka’s most promising
Dulakshi recently won two titles (Under-17 and
Under-15) at the Janashakthi Open, which titles she also
won at the Royal College Championship earlier this year.
She also represented the country at the Asian Junior in
Chennai (India) and also at the Milo-All-Star Junior
Championship in Malaysia.
Then at the Inter-Schools Championship last year
(2008), Dulakshi, won the Under-15 title and helped
Musaeus win the Team championship too. She was fourth in
the Women’s Open at the Senior Nationals last year and
third at the Junior Nationals in the Under-15 age group.
In 2008, she was also third in the Under-17 and
Under-15 events at the Gymkhana Open, runner-up in the
Under-15 and third in the Under-17 events at the Amaya
Hills Open, besides being runner-up in the Under-17 and
Under-15 at the Janashakthi Open, which titles she won
this year. She was also placed fourth and third in the
same event at the Otter’s Open.
Dulakshi, who won an award at the Otter’s Sports
Awards ceremony in 2007 for her performances in Squash,
once again helped Musaeus to win the Team title at the
All-Island Schools Championship where she was placed
fourth in the Under-13 age group. In the same year
(2007), young Dulakshi, was third in the Under-15 and
Women’s Open events at the Amaya Hills Open.
Also in the same year (2007), Dulakshi, was fourth in
the Under-15 and third in the Under-13 events at the
Junior Nationals, runner-up in the Under-13 events at
the Junior Nationals, runner-up in the Under-13 and
fourth in the Under-15 events at the Under-15 event at
the Janashakthi Open. She also participated at the Milo
All-Star Championship in Malaysia.
Dulakshi was third in the under-11 events at both the
Austasia and SSC Opens in 2005, when she was runner-up
in the Under-11 event at the Junior Nationals. She was
also placed third in the Under-11 events at the Otter’s
Open and All-Island Schools Championship, and winning
the Under-9 title at the Schools Novices Championship in
Speaking to The Sunday Leader, young Dulakshi,
who practices at both the Otter’s and SSC, thanked the
Principal and staff of Musaeus College and also her
coaches (Sulaiman, Cooray at school, Navin Samarasinghe
and Eranga Alwis).
She had a special word of praise for her mother (Dharshini)
in particular and her father, Yasantha. Dulakshi’s elder
sister, Gimanthi (18) was a top badminton player at
Musaeus, while the younger brother, Januka (13) attends
‘Polons’ on the mat ?
By Lal Gunesekera
The Secretary of the In terim Committee for Sri Lanka
Cricket (SLC) Nishantha Ranatunga, has called for open
tenders and for the suppliers of clay for the
grounds/wickets falling within the purview of SLC to
re-register themselves with SLC.
The SundayLeader learns that SLC are calling for
new applications as curators for SLC have made various
allegations against the national curator, Anurudha
Polonowita and his dealings with the CISIR and certain
There were three suppliers of clay to SLC including
one Paramananthan of Thai Lakshmi Construction and
Caldera of Lakmali Transport, who now hold the Monopoly.
Samples of clay are sent to the CISIR for quality
reports, but the technicians, who test these samples are
kept happy and issue favourable reports even when the
clay contents are less than what is expected.!!
Paramananthan in letters to former Chairman of the IC
Jayantha Dharmadasa, with copies to Duleep Mendis (CEO)
and Bandula Warnapura a few years back, giving details
about various transactions and how the clay he had
supplied was found to be unsuitable by Polonwita, but no
action was taken by the former Dharmadasa headed IC.
During the time of Arjuna Ranatunga too, allegations
were made about unauthorised leave and a trip to
Australia, while Dharmadasa, had put a stop to the
payment of hotel bills for site visits by Polonowita.
When the Tour Organising Committee (TOC) of SLC met
on June 23, Polonowita, had threatened to resign when
the discussions centred around the preparation of
Polonowita is even accused of not teaching the trade
(preparation of wickets) to three curators attached to
SLC – Asitha Sanjay Wijesinghe, Menaka Sampath and D.A.J.
The national curator draws a basic salary of Rs 75,
000/= per month, vehicle, fuel allowance of Rs. 24,
975/= and mobile phone allowance of Rs. 4000/=!!
The Sunday Leader learns that the Ministry of
Sports and Public Recreation too are dissatisfied with
Polonowita regarding these allegations and are to
request the IC of SLC for a full probe.
Academy staff in Bangkok
Fifteen personnel attached to SLC’s Coaching Academy
at the Premadasa Stadium, including a office assistant
(peon) and four computer annalists left for Bangkok,
Thailand last Thursday (June 25) for three days.
Headed by Jerome Jayaratne, the money for the tour
had been collected from pool players saying they are
going for a Twenty-20 game and coaching session.
If the IC of SLC has approved this tour, why collect
money form players?
However, four coaches have not gone to Bangkok.
including Sumithra Warnakulasuriya, Roger Wijesuriya,
Chandika Hathurusinghe and Manoj. Among the 15 who went
to Bangkok are Jerome Jayaratne, Malcolm Perera, Anusha
Samaranayake, Prabath Nissanka, Piyal Wijetunga, Oshadi
Weerasinghe, Danesh Dissanayake, J.C. Gamage and Heshan
de Silva apart from the four computer analysts and staff
Who will conquer whom?
By Hafiz Marikar
Two unbeaten teams Kandy Sports Club and CR & FC will
clash in what could turn out to be a thriller at Longden
Place this evening. Kickoff is set for 4.30 pm, with
Nizam Jamaldeen tipped to blow. This is probably the
last hurdle for both teams and the winners would
certainly be the first round table leaders. In contrast
CR & FC will have everything in their favour, the home
ground, weather, and the surrounding atmosphere will be
to their liking.
A win for CR & FC is long over due against Kandy SC,
they last won in 2005. Both teams have progressed quite
effectively and their is little difference in them.
Even then the Kandy SC forwards hold a slight
advantage, are capable of exploiting the opposition in a
surprise manner, with No. 8 Sajith Saranga in top form
and the Kandyans could be assured of some good
possession. His play will no doubt make matters worse
for the Red Shirts, who will be under pressure
throughout the game.
But the Longden Place boys are talented enough to
handle every crucial move as they have proved on number
of occasions this season with Dushan Leweke another top
class No 8 giving his best. Even then they will need a
one hundred percent team effort to bring down the Kandy
side and remain unbeaten. They will also have to perform
something special because no side has succeeded in
dictating terms to the Kandy side so far this season.
This will probably effect the home side
psychologically despite performing in front of their
home crowd. In addition they will be facing a full
strength Kandy SC with all the injured players
recovering in time for this all important fixture.
Kandy’s Fazil Marija will be in action at his favorite
position and will add more strength to their line up.
And the Kandy SC back division look more formidable with
players like skipper Pradeep Liyanage, Sameera Silva,
Sanjeewa Jaysinghe Gayan Weerarthne, veteran Radika
Hettiarchchi and link man Saliya Kuamra.
But in defence they will have to be more positive
because Seanjeewa Jayasinghe is a superb runner on the
wing. In forward play there is Krishan Jehan, Sajith
Saranaga, Senaka Bandara, Anuranga Walpola, Dilip Selvan,
Sean Wijesinghe and Zaffar Jhan should give a lion
hearted display in this key game, taking the fight to
the CR & FC from the outset.
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Farouk wins Kukuleganga Rally
By Kalim Iqbal.
Rizvi Farouk, in a Subaru Impreza WRX with Jamal
Hussein as co-driver, won the MRA Kukuleganga Rally
2009, on the tarmac roads surrounding the Kukuleganga
Holiday Resort last weekend.
Farouk beat Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII driver
and former winner Dinesh Jayawardene by 1 minute and 12
seconds to also take home the SL ‘GT’ class winner’s
trophy. Jayawardene, co-driven by debutant Dilan
Seneviratne, set a record time on the final stage to
take the position by just 14 seconds from Evolution X
driver and former MRA Rally Champion Dinesh Deheragoda.
However, with a third place result Deheragoda further
consolidated his lead in the 2009 MRA Rally Championship
after his win in Pelwatte in January.
For Farouk, a veteran TSD rally driver, this was a
first special-stage rally victory after suffering bad
luck and mechanical problems in previous MRA rallies.
However, he had a far from straightforward run as he had
to claw back an early lead taken by Deheragoda and
co-driver Mushtaq Ahamed and then weathered a furious
charge by fellow Subaru driver Janaka Dias who set
stunning stage times to close within an unbelievable 0.5
seconds overall going into the final night stage on
Saturday evening. Unfortunately for Dias, he went off
the road 50 metres from the finish of Special Stage 5
and despite eventually finishing the stage, threw away
all hope of challenging for victory.
The KKG Rally, as it is popularly known, saw further
advances in safety by the Motor Racing Association, the
organising club, as for the first time a full-time ‘0’
car was driven at race speeds preceding the actual
competitors. This was done to announce the arrival of
the competing vehicles to the large crowds gathered on
the stages. In addition to that and a preceding ‘0’ car,
the club also had a qualified team of paramedics,
doctors and ambulances available on stage in addition to
hydraulic body jacks and metal cutting equipment. With
support from local authorities, police officers and
other officials were positioned along the stages in
order to clear the course and maintain safety as per
The competing drivers, who unanimously proclaimed it
as a fine organising effort, repaid the organisers with
great camaraderie and intense competition – most stages
saw gaps of 2 seconds or less between vital positions,
an ever-changing leader board and until the final night
stage, there was only one retirement. The fact that the
finishing order was decided only on the final stages is
a testament to the level of competition that was
Miniruwani, parents come for criticism
By Lal Gunesekera
The talented young swimmer from Gateway College,
Miniruwani Samarakoon, and her parents
have come into quite a lot of criticism in the recent
past from swimming officials
The report of the swimming manager, for the 2006
SAARC games in Colombo, states that Miniruwani is the
worst team player and her selfish acts is not healthy
for any team. The report also criticises her parents who
wanted to do exactly the opposite which the team
management had requested and also that the biggest
mistake will be making her a captain of a team. She had
also failed to attended the closing ceremony with out
informing the team management.
The Administrative Manager of SLASU, Rodney Silva,
has also complained about the outburst of Minisruwani’s
father at the recent trial for the FINA World
Championship in Italy next month (July).
The Principal of Gateway College, R.I.T. Alles has
been informed about these matters by SLASU.
Ananda runners-up with three records
Ananda (345 points) were runners-up to St. Joseph’s
(439 points) at the 36th Sri Lanka Schools Swimming and
Diving Championship at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium
Pool. Ananda won the Under-19 and Under-13 Age group
titles. K.T. Cherantha de Silva established two new
records in the 50 metre free style (27.10 seconds) and
in the 50 metre butter fly (30.73) in the Under-13 age
Thavishka Guruge also established a new record in the
Under-15 200 metres butterfly event (2 minutes 28.29
Liyanagama succumbs to pressure
The Secretary to the Ministry of Sports and Public
Recreation, S. Liyanagama, has succumbed to political
pressure and approved the monies requested by the
Amateur Athletic Association of Sri Lanka (AASL) last
Tuesday (June 23) to send five additional persons for
the World Junior Championship in Italy next month
It was only on June 17, that the "Mini Cabinet" of
the Sports Ministry chaired by acting Minister Bandula
Basnayake, Liyanagama and Herath (Additional Secretary)
among others, had turned down a request from the
Secretary of the AAASL, Prema Pinnawala, seeking funds
to send an additional five persons to Italy, which
included US $ 3200, for accommodation, Rs. 72,000 for
the visa fees.
The AAASL headed by Major-General (rtd) Palitha
Fernando, who is also the Chairman of the Ranaviru Seva
Authority (RSA), had decided to send five boys, one girl
and three officials on this trip.
The invitation from the International Amateur
Athletic Federation (IAAF) was only for three persons
(one boy, one girl, one official) for whom the expenses
were to be met by the IAAF.
Minister Gamini Lokuge was away in England for the
World Twenty-20 cricket tournament, and returned to the
country on June 23.
CH in easy win
CH and FC cruised to an easy 38 points to 5 points
victory over Sri Lanka Air Force SC in their SLRF Caltex
inter club ‘A’ division league rugby tournament match
played at Maitland Crescent on Friday. The winners
collected their points from four goals and two tries
after having led 17-5 at half time. Air Force SC
responded with a solitary try.
Navy in convincing 32 - 3 victory over Havies
Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club put up a splendid
performance to beat Havelocks SC by a convincing margin
of 32 points to 3 points in their SLRF Caltex inter club
‘A’ division league rugby tournament first round match
played at Welisara on Friday.
The winners collected their points from one goal and
five tries after having led 17-3 at half time.
The Havies managed to put over only a solitary
Trinity beat Rajans
Trinity College Kandy produced a superb second half
rally to beat their home town rivals Dharmaraja College
Kandy by 34 points to 27 points in their inter school
under 20 ‘A’ division league rugby tournament match
played at the Bogambara Stadium on Friday. Trinity
College who were trailing 14-15 at half time.
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