USJ Rugby Team Clinches Victory in Thrilling Showdown at Sri Lanka University Games 2023

The excitement of the Sri Lanka University Games 2023 reached its pinnacle on the 13th of August, culminating in an unforgettable moment as University of Sri Jayewardenepura emerged as the champions. The grand finale, held at the Colombo Racecourse, saw an epic clash between University of Sri Jayewardenepura and their rivals, University of Kelaniya. The stakes were high, with University of Sri Jayewardenepura aiming to reclaim the championship title lost in the previous Inter-University Championship of 2022. The history between these two teams added an extra layer of intensity, having faced off four times before, with University of Kelaniya securing victory in three of those encounters.

From the very start, the match was a showcase of unparalleled speed, strength, and skill from both teams. The opening moments saw Daham Perera from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura team making a stunning breakthrough, scoring the first try of the match. Their successful conversion added two more points to the board. However, the Kelaniya players were determined to make their presence felt, retaliating with a try that leveled the scores. Just as the tension escalated, Malsha Pathum, a key player from the Japura team, seized an opportune moment to score another try right before the first half concluded. This strategic move gave University of Sri Jayewardenepura a lead of 12-7.

The second half ignited with an even greater intensity as both teams battled fiercely for the championship glory. Janith Thenura’s pivotal contribution to the Japura team couldn’t be ignored, as he managed to secure the third try, which was skillfully converted. In a heart-pounding finale, the University of Kelaniya team fought well, managing to secure one last try in the dying minutes of the match. Yet, it wasn’t enough to alter the winning title. With a final score of 19-12, the University of Sri Jayewardenepura team etched their name in the annals of victory.

For the Japura rugby champions, this win held profound significance. Not only did they redeem their missed championship from the previous Inter-university Championship, but they also achieved an unprecedented milestone by securing the first-ever Championship title for the University of Sri Jayewardenepura at the Sri Lanka University Games 2023. As the university community, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Japura Rugby team. Their unwavering dedication, tireless efforts, and unyielding spirit have added a glorious new chapter to the history of Japura Rugby, marking this victory as a monumental achievement that will be celebrated for generations to come.

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