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Rugby Season Kicks Off
Written by Editor    Sunday, 10 February 2013 08:11    PDF Print Email
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8th February 2013 was a special day for Mora Rugby as they had their first practice match of the season with Royal College, Colombo at the Royal College Sports Complex. The Mora Rugby team was captained by Charith Fonseka and the Royal College team was captained by the Sri Lanka Youth player, Rimze Jamaldeen. As Mora locked horns with Royal, a tight game was expected due to the reputation of both the sides and from the kick off, signs were displayed of a great game of Rugby. Both the sides comprised of hard hitting forwards and lightening speed backs.

From the start Royal was trying hard to punch holes in the Mora defense but the power of the Mora forwards were too much for them until Royal winger after a lightening speed run managed to go over to score the first try for his team and the conversion was not successful. At the lemons the score was 05-00 in favor of Royal. 

Just like in the first half the game progressed as an exciting match to watch and the Royal skipper was able to find a gap in Mora defense to go over the try line under the post to score the second try for Royal and it was successfully converted by the skipper himself. After a hard hitting passage of play in the Royal half it was the time for Mora to show what they are made of. The Number 8, Dhanuka Anthony managed to score the first try for Mora after a brilliant forward play and it was successfully converted by the Mora winger, Zuhair Zavahir. The score at this point was 12-07 in favor of Royal. Both the sides were hitting hard to find gaps in defense but till the last few minutes neither of the teams could score until Royal scored another successfully converted try to conclude the game with the score 19-07.
 
It was an exciting experience to witness a match between a leading school and a leading university and as expected it was a thriller and both Mora and Royal played a good game of Rugby throughout displaying qualities of champions.
 
By Gayanjith Premalal

 

 

 

 

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KDU overpowers SLIIT to win cup
Written by info upload    Saturday, 17 November 2012 01:56    PDF Print Email
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The Kotelawala Defence University(KDU) ‘Blacks’ out ran, over powered and simply dominated Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology(SLIIT) to the tune of 26 points to 5 in a lopsided final that crowned them the cup champions of the ‘KDU 7’s’ rugby tournament. The tournament was worked off at the KDU grounds on the 11th of November 2012.

 

The tournament kicked off with teams divided up in to 4 groups. The top team of each group at the end of the group stage matches clashed in the cup semifinals while the runner up of each group made it to the shield semifinals. The eventual runner up of the cup category - SLIIT met a formidable University of Moratuwa side in the cup semis who were hot after 19-7 and 14-12 wins over APIIT and SLLI respectively. Yet a solid performance by the lads from SLIIT put them over the hump 10-7.

KDU fielded two teams in the tournament and their second team KDU ‘Blues’ locked horns with SLLI for the shield championship. Eventually SLLI was able to put away the KDU Blues, to take the shield championship.

 By Faheem Jaladeen

 

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So Close but Yet so Far
Written by info upload    Monday, 04 June 2012 06:45    PDF Print Email
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altIt was so close but yet so far for the boys from Moratuwa as they were beaten by the pre-tournament favorite’s University of Peradeniya (UOP) by a mere point in the Inter university Rugby finals worked off at the UOP grounds yesterday.

It was a repeat final from last year but a much improved effort from the boys from Moratuwa to give Peradeniya a run for their money as the match went right down to the wire and ended 11-10 in favor of the hosts.

The first half was an even game where both defenses were tight and didn’t let the opposition score a try. The first mistake came from UOM as they were penalized for a high tackle by the UOM prop forward. UOP went 3-0 up with resulting penalty and the visiting team was down to 14 players. UOM also made use of the penalty awarded to them soon after to make it 3-3 but before the breather,  UOP again managed to take the lead through a penalty to go 6-3 up from the boot of Padmaka Bandara.

The attack from Mora came in the second half as they took advantage of the one man advantage as UOP number eight and former skipper was sent off. Dhanuka Anthony, the UOM forward managed to score the first try of the match to give UOM the lead. Mohomed Zuhair who had already scored a penalty made a brilliant conversion from close to the side line to extend the lead and give UOM a four point lead coming into the final stages of the match. However the home side showed their class and held their nerve to come from behind and score in the last few minutes of the game to make it 11-10 through a try from Melan Kulatunga.

 

The Mora boys have made a habit of playing in close matches this year as they beat University of Colombo (UOC) in a thrilling semifinal (10-9) a week ago while UOP managed to thrash University of Rajarata 45-0 to reach the finals. In the consolation final University of Colombo beat university of Rajarata 55-5 quite comfortably.

The rivalry between Moratuwa and Peradeniya is intense this year as the two teams met in the cricket and netball quarter finals where UOM beat UOP on both occasions. UOP fans were looking forward to Sunday (3rd) as two teams they were relying on most to bring the championships home were taking the field against UOM. In the morning the UOP baseball team who were also the favorites to win the championship lost the semifinal against UOM by a ten point margin. But the rugby team didn’t disappoint the fans as they kept fighting to the end to win the inter university Rugby championship for the third time in a row.

By Lasitha Manchanayake

 

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Mora Qualifies into Finals
Written by Editor    Monday, 28 May 2012 16:52    PDF Print Email
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Much awaited second semi final match of the Inter University Rugby Championship 2012,University of Moratuwa (UOM) Vs University of Colombo (UOC) ended up  few hour ago marking 10-9,qualifying UOM into finals.

Every second of the match was something to remember since both teams were aggressive and unsatisfactory in topping up their score. Yet UOM emerged successful touching the opposite line twice making it 10 against 9.Two drop goals and 1 penalty was instrumental in the aggregate of 9 runs.

With all these, out of eight teams, University of Moratuwa and University of Peradeniya will battle for the coveted Inter University Rugby Championship 2012.

By Malaka Batuwanthudawa

Tries by       Charith Fonseka (UOM)

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Pera into Finals
Written by Editor    Monday, 28 May 2012 01:57    PDF Print Email
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University of Peradeniya made an easy break through into the finals of the Inter University Rugby Championship 2012, after the win over University of Rajarata by 45-0, during the first match of the semi final. Their dominance was all over the game. At the half time, UOP was leading 19-0.


The second semi final will be held tomorrow between University of Moratuwa and University of Colombo at 4.30pm at the CR & FC ground. The winner will meet UOP for the finals.

The Score Man of the Match – Padmaka Bandara (UOP)

 

By Malaka Batuwanthudawa

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