Bat­tered Trin­ity run into red-hot Petes

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS - BY HARSHA AMARASINGE

Hav­ing beaten by their tra­di­tional ri­vals Royal Col­lege last week­end, Trin­ity Col­lege makes the long jour­ney down to Colombo as they face the ta­ble top­pers St. Peter’s Col­lege in their In­ter-schools Un­der-19 League Rugby Tour­na­ment match at Bam­bal­api­tiya today.

Trin­ity who had lost a cou­ple of games in the first-round are cer­tainly out of the race from the League ti­tle and at the start of the sec­ond-round, it ap­peared that the Bradby Shield was their ut­most pri­or­ity. How­ever, with Royal hav­ing all prob­a­bly sealed the 75th Bradby Shield bring­ing home a 17-point lead for the sec­ond-leg, Trin­ity would be ea­ger to clinch the Gen­eral De­shamanya De­nis Per­era Tro­phy by beat­ing the Petes. Trin­ity ac­tu­ally played de­cently for most part of the game and in fact took a sur­pris­ing lead thanks to a crack­ing try from cen­tre Harsha Sa­ma­ras­inghe but Royal were too good in the last 20 min­utes or so.

Trin­ity’s flanker Dhiren Rat­watte too had a good game against Royal while scor­ing a try in the first half but today they would be up against an­other strong set of for­wards.

How­ever, Rat­watte has been ruled out for this game due to an injury while an­other key player for Trin­ity, winger Gee­shapa Ku­latunga will be on the bench.

St. Peter’s on the other hand are hold­ing on to a pro­vi­sional lead with St. Joseph’s who are the only un­beaten team in the com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever, St. Peter’s would be de­ter­mined to get one over Re­shan Ban­daranayake’s team as they have a ter­ri­ble head-to­head record against the Kandy side. Bi­lal Hilmy’s Pe­terites have a well bal­anced squad af­ter a long time and it would be fair to say their for­wards and backs have com­bined well in get­ting them vic­to­ries. In fact, the boys from Bam­bal­api­tiya have won five games in a row af­ter their shock de­feat to S. Thomas’ Col­lege on the open­ing day of the tour­na­ment.

(File photo)

Ac­tion from the match be­tween Royal and Trin­ity

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