MORA ENTERS INTO SEMI-FINALS ALONG WITH COLOMBO, PERA & KELANI

26th of August dawned with excitement to choose Semi Finalist for the game of giants in Inter University Championship 2018. The Quater Finals of Rugby was held at University of Colombo and University of Peradeniya grounds on that day with the participation of Rugby lovers all over the country.

KELANI VS J’PURA (13-12)

Among the all four quarterfinals this is the only match which was closely fought and kept the audience at the edge of their seats. Right from the start, both the teams showcased excellent skills and fighting nature but Kelani was attacking efficiently throughout the first half. As a result of this attacking game play Kelani leftwing S. K Mathota Arachchi scored a scintillating try to open the account for Kelani. J’pura counter attacked Kelani with some clever moves but a mistake in the middle gifted another try for Kelani. Liyanasooriya scored this try running from the middle.This time Kelani got the conversion. At the end of the first half Kelani lead with the score 10-00.

J’pura came out all guns blazing during the second half. They played with great speed and aggression. Kelani couldn’t cope up with their game play. Shortly after the break J’pura right wing scored a try. As things were getting heated J’pura player Punchihewa got yellow card for a high tackle. When the game was nearing its end Gunathilake scored a gutsy try for J’pura to get 2 points lead over Kelani. As both teaming were battling hard to win the match, just a few minutes before the close, Kelani was awarded a penalty for a high tackle made by Kelani player Mathota Arachchi who sent the ball between the poles to fetch a one point lead that couldn’t be breached by J’pura. At the end of the play Kelani won the match with the score 13-12.

COLOMBO VS SABARAGAMUWA (55-03)

Right from the start Colombo dominated the whole match. Sabaragamuwa looked listless in front of the skill and speed shown by Colombo players. Rathnasooriya opened the account for Colombo with an excellent try. Hulugala and S.I.N Ferenando scored tries to extend the lead beyond Sabaragamuwa’s reach. Perera scored two in conversion and missed one. At the end of first half Colombo lead the match with the score 29-00. During the second half, left winger Madushan scored two scintillating tries to extend the lead which always looked beyond opponent’s reach. Sabaragamuwa got a penalty for a high tackle made by Colombo player and they converted it to gain 3 points. At the end of the game Colombo won the match by 55-03.

MORATUWA VS JAFFNA (60-00)

This match took place at University of Colombo on Sunday. This match also turned into a one-sided match which was completely dominated by Moratuwa. Jaffna looked listless in front of the skill and speed shown by Moratuwa players. Mabulage, Gnanawardhana, Arachchi, Weerakoon, Dulshan, Palihadru, Atapattu, Maduranga scored tries for Moratuwa. Among them, Dulshan scored two of them. Weerakoon and Mabulage won three conversions each. At the end of the game Moratuwa won the match with the score 60-00.

PERADENIYA VS UVA-WELLASA (78-03)

This match took place at university of Colombo on Sunday. This match also turned into a one-sided match which was completely dominated by Peradeniya. Right from the start whole match was dominated by Peradeniya. Uva-wellasa gave their best but it was nowhere near to the skill and speed shown by Peradeniya players. Jayathilake played wonderfully and scored four tries for Peradeniya. Both Herath and Ariyarathne scored two tries to extend their lead beyond Uva’s reach. To add Uva’s worry Abeygunawardhana , Kodiruwakku , Amarasekara  also scored  tries. Herath won all the conversions barring one miss-hit which went right to the post. At the end, Uva could only manage 3 points which came from a penalty. Peradeniya won the match with the score 78-03.

We invite all of you to keep in touch with MoraSpirit to witness the most awaited Semi Finals.

 

Article By: G. Ganeshaaraj

Edited By: Janani Kulasekara

Sponsored By: Millennium IT

 

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