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Default Thomians enjoy dream run in rugby

Thomians enjoy dream run in rugby

* By Chris Dhambarage

* Sunday, 30 June 2013 00:00

Description: A jubilant S. Thomas’ College team celebrating their triumph over their traditional rivals Royal College at Havelock ParkA jubilant S. Thomas’ College team celebrating their triumph over their traditional rivals Royal College at Havelock Park
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Singer Inter-School Under-20 ‘B’ Division League Tournament

S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia completed one of their finest seasons in schools rugby when they emerged undisputed champions in the Singer Under-20 ‘B’ Division League Tournament. Their success had a great amount of significance as the team will be promoted to the top division from next year providing them the opportunity of playing at the highest level after a lapse of two years.

Last season they came very near to obtaining promotion to the ‘A’ division but in a dramatic turn of events they were pushed into the third place of the tournament final points table. However this time S. Thomas’ College has not only made amends for last year’s setback but they have also dished out some splendid all-round rugby to win most of their traditional non tournament games as well.

The manner in which they have destroyed the opposition has been quite remarkable as they have simply annihilated most of the teams in a ruthless manner while always winning by huge margins. In fact the Thomians were able to plant as many as 74 tries converting 45 of them and eventually ended up with a massive total aggregate of 481 points and conceding just 64 points to the opposition.

Even then the manner in which they concluded the ‘B’ division league tournament was somewhat disappointing because they had the ignominy of losing the last game to D. S. Senanayake College 20-23 a result which also shattered their unbeaten record.“I am a bit disappointed that we could not finish off things on a high note but certainly the team played badly and the absence of a couple of senior players also made a huge impact on the final result” said Jeevan Gunathilake coach of S. Thomas’ College.

The Thomian coach also believed that injury concerns were a major issue going into this game after they had figured in a gruelling battle against their old rivals Royal College few days ago.“We were minus some of our regular players with injuries and the task of playing two vital matches back-to-back inside four days was something too much for the boys to handle.

“The other reason we lost the last league match may be because there would have been a little bit of complacency creeping into the team as we were assured of the league title even before the kick off. “Nevertheless I am really satisfied with the kind of performance that the team has produced this season as our main goal was to win the ‘B’ division league title and to obtain promotion into the top division.”

Jeevan Gunathilake also noted that his ambition was to build up a team that will be able to perform even better next season as they will be competing along with some of the elite teams. “We also had the task of building up the side and forming a second string team as the players need to produce the same kind of form when they come up against some of the best teams next year”.

“I think I am happy that we have built up a side which is capable of continuing this same form into the next season as well even though we might lose four to five key players from the present champion outfit”. The former Sri Lanka youth captain stated that they played the tournament games as well as the traditional friendly matches in the same aggressive and positive manner with a lot of commitment and determination.

“We won most of our tournament matches by convincing margins but we never changed the game plan when we were playing the traditional fixtures and that was one reason for the team’s success throughout the season”. “We also had a rotation policy throughout the season and we ensured that every player in the squad got some kind of exposure at the highest level so that they will feel confident when they come back to the side next year”.

Jeevan Gunathilake was also highly impressed with the tremendous form displayed by their captain and dynamic fly half Devin Jayasinghe who has masterminded most of their victories almost single handedly. “I am very pleased in the manner skipper Devin Jayasinghe has captained the side and he has led from the front with an outstanding performance and his place kicking has always been a plus point to the team”.

The Thomian coach also believed that having the services of Queenslander Grant Dwyer in their coaching staff was a huge boost which helped the players to lift their overall playing standards to a great extent. “I think this team also had the backing of some excellent coaching with Australian Grant Dwyer providing the vital expertise to the players as Director Rugby and we have achieved all these success owing to his untiring efforts” added the former S. Thomas’ College captain.

The champion S. Thomas’ College First XV Rugby Pool:
Prop forwards: Kushmantha Muththettuwegama, Indra Gunasekera, Praveen Ferdinandesz, H. R. Senanayake
Hooker: D. G. C. Kumara, P. E. H. Deshapriya, H. K. Ahangama
Second row forwards: Sahan Perera, Hasith Senanayake, Sarith Nanayakkara, T. M. Deshapriya
Flankers: C. D. C. Senaratne, D. A. Peiris, Navin Henakankanamge, Mohamed Mushif,
Number eight: Shanel Perera, Sachithra Jayatilleke, N. K. Iriyagama, J. Kasun
Scrum half: Asanga Ranasinghe, Shanel de Silva
Fly half: Devin Jayasinghe (captain)
Centre three quarters: Riza Ibrahim, Nayanesh Jirasinghe, Dananjaya Wijeratne, Wayne Mack, P. A. Gunawardena
Wing three quarters: Nilesh Ratwatte, Sanjaya Abeysinghe, Sahan Udawatta, Nisal Samarasinghe
Full back: Mohamed Jawarth, S. B. de Silva
Director Rugby: Grant Dwyer
Coach: Jeevan Gunathillake
Teacher in Charge: Ms. H. N. Manuel
How S. Thomas’ College fared in the Singer Under 20 ‘B’ Division League tournament:
Beat Prince of Wales 62-0, beat C. W. W. Kannangara MMV 46-8, beat St. Sylvester’s 45-9, beat Thurstan 36-0, beat Ananda 43-25, beat Lumbini MV 95-0, beat Nalanda 81-0, beat Mahanama 43-17 and lost to D. S. Senanayake 20-23
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