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Trinity in superb 34-11 win

Trinity College Kandy came up with a superb display to register a grand 34 – 11 win over Royal College Colombo in the first leg of the “Bradby Shield” encounter played before a large crowd.This victory not only put them in line to retain the prestigious trophy for the second successive year but also shattered Royal's unbeaten record.

The lads from Kandy made use of the opportunities which came their way to cross the opponents goal line. But the lads from Reid Avenue failed to make use of the possession won by their hard working forwards.Royal paid the penalty for playing a half-fit Arshad Jamaldeen in the pivotal fly half berth which prevented them from working their three quarters.He has still not fully recovered from the injury he suffered in the Josephian match and left the field only in the 27th minute of the second half . 16 year old Royal full back Bhanuka Gamage also failed to live up to expectations and the Reid Avenue School had to field Damian Ratwatte as a second Full Back to collect the high ball and kick to touch.

Royal's lack of fitness was very much evident in the last fifteen minutes of the game when they conceded three tries including a gifted try when they failed to touch down in defence after having dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half. Trinity Fly Half Tharinda Ratwatte dropped a goal from 20 metres out in the fifth minute and five minutes later Trinity's Scrum Half Sanjaya Somasiri noticed Royal's Full back Gamage was not in position and kicked ahead which saw speedy winger Dharshana Udalagama collect the bouncing ball on the follow through to score under the post with Karunathilake adding the extra points.A few minutes later Royal's Rimzi Jamaldeen fired across a 35 metre penalty.

But then Karunathilake made no mistake with a 20 metre penalty.

Royal fought back through their hard working forwards and scored a push over try through Eroshan De Alwis with Rimzi Jamaldeen missing the conversion and they missed a good chance of scoring again when just before the breather one of the forwards knocked on off a five metre short tap and at lemons the scores read 13 – 8 in favour of Trinity.

After resumption, Royal fought back through their power packed forwards but could not penetrate the solid Trinity defence although they were in the “Trinity 25” for more than 20 minutes.But the lions came back storming in the last 15 minutes to score thrice . First Fly Half Tharinda Ratwatte sneaked through from a 25 metre scrum to score near the post to give Karunathilake an easy conversion.Three minutes later, Winger Dharshana Udalagama followed an attempted penalty by Karunathilake which strucked the cross bar and rebounded and managed to get his hands to the ball in the in-goal area before the Royal defenders with Karunathilake adding the extra points.

Four minutes before the final whistle, Winger Shanthana Sheikh dashed through 20 metres to touch down by the corner flag which was converted by Karunathilake with a splendid kick. Just before the final whistle Royal's Rimzi Jamaldeen made no mistake with a 20 metre penalty.


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