IUG Rugby : Host Pera and Mora retain title hopes

Inter University Rugby semi-finals worked out at the Nittawela Rugby Ground on 5th of  August. SJP lost their chance to glory when they were beaten by Mora in style. Host Pera won the match against Colombo advancing to the finals.
It was a drizzling weather condition in Nittawela for the semi-final match between University of Peradeniya and University of Colombo. Amidst a packed house lads from Colombo kicked off the day’s proceedings to the refree's whistle at 3.15pm. Sasanka (No12) the inside center registered the first points of the day by scoring a try from a penalty against Colombo in front of the post. Colombo started scoring tries from an offside penalty offered by the opponents (PER-7 Col-7). 
However, the early momentum did not last long for Colombo as they gave away an offside penalty in the 22 yards area and Pera kept their scoreboard running through. Sasanka with a 50m dash beating four defenders and passed the ball to Arosha and Arosha completed the try making no mistake. Pera had a constant game plan with continuous tries. Final minutes of the first half turned out for Colombo scoring a try smashing through the defense. (PER-35 Col-14)
Pera lads were mere sublime in the second half with scenic rugby which was enjoyable to watch. Hosts extended their lead from the beginning with beautiful tries scored from a maul. Colombo gave a last breath attempt to catch Pera in the 2nd half by scoring multiple tries within few minutes. The final nail in the Colombo coffin was bolted down with a hat trick from Sasanka representing hosts. (PER-52 Col-28)
Two contenders for finals faced-off representing University of Moratuwa and University of Sri Jayewardenepura at 4.10pm. Japura kicked off the proceedings, however mora dominated the entire game. Mora punished their opponents’ mistake by scoring two unconverted tries and two converted tries in the first half. Mora was tactically superior with a well planned game where both forwards and backs in synergy to a plan. With the beginning of the second half Jpura seemed to have given up the game however managed to score a try. (MOR-40 SJP-05)
Mora showed the audience and their rivals that they are serious title contenders to compete with Pera. Would they be able to retain their title? Or will Pera beat the defending Champions? MoraSpirt congratulates both University of Moratuwa and University of Peradeniya teams and wish all the best for the upcoming final battle on 12th.
Article By : Hashini Madushika
Edited By : Imthadh Ahamed 

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