Sri Lanka Takes Shield Championship in Rugby!
Sri Lankan Rugby team clinched the Shield Championship in the 20th Commonwealth Games 2014 when they beat Trinidad and Tobago by 47-3 in front of a massive crowd here at the Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow.
Sri Lankans came to the games with the bitter experience from the last two matches played in the competition where they lost with narrow margins.
I was obvious that they have teamed up well for the last appearance in the Commonwealth Games this time and were determined to take something cheer for the fans back in Sri Lanka.
Srinath Sooriya Bandarta opened the scoring for the Lankans in the very first minute but skipper Fazil Marija could not add the extra points. But Marija scored a brilliant try to rectify his mistake and also added extra points to take Sri Lanka forward 12-0.
Anuruddha Wilwara joined the try party with a try followed by another one from Richard Dharmapala. Sooriya Bandara could not add extra points for Wilwara’a try but Marija did not missed the conversion of the try scored by Dharmapala to finish the first half with a healthy lead 24-0.
Trinidad & Tobago tried to come back in the second half but Lankans hold on to the resitence well and Sooriay bandara scored a brilliant try running almost 80 yards to score his second try of the match , and received applaud from the crowd. Marija added extra points and score board read as 31-0.
Tobago’s Anthony Lopez broke the Sri Lanka defence and scored the only try for his team and conversion also successful. Shehan Pathirana and Mithun Hapugoda score two tries before the long whistle and one was converted to finish the match 43-7.
Experssing his views after the match to the Sri Lankan media skipper Marija said that they have learned from the mistakes they did during the entire tournament and came as one temm to take home the shield championship.
“ We hasd good opportunity to win the previous two games. But we could not make it due to some error we have done at the last moment. But I am happy with the way my team played and am grateful to all who were behind us” Marija added.