Royal face tough task against Peterites
Royal College Colombo who came up with a gallant display to hold
Singer 'A' division segment one league champions Dharmaraja College to a
17 all draw last week will face the tough task of overcoming the
formidable Peterites in the quarter final of the Milo Trophy Knockout
Schools Rugby Tournament at the Royal Sports Complex today.
When they met in the league tournament, exactly three months ago at
Bambalapitiya, the Peterites scored two tries in the last three minutes
to emerge victorious by 31 - 19 after scores read 19 all three minutes
before the final whistle. Today's match should see Royal once again
relying on their marauding forwards Shuaib Jabbar, Shuayb Mutaliph,
Yasuon Weerasuriya,Thiwanka Perera, Pasindu Perera and Dineth
But the Royal three quarters have failed to impress this season in
skipper Rimzi Jamaldeen they have a fine Fly Half while Centre Asman
Khan , Winger Bhanuka Gamage and Full Back Nimshan Jayawardena they have
talented players who are capable of rising to the occassion.
Peterites as usual will once again rely on their speedy three
quarters. they have a fine halves combination in Shehan de Silva and
Shan Weerakkody while Centres Dilanka Perera and Shallen Direkze (both
of whom scored tries against Royal in the league match) should once
again test the Royal defence to the hilt with their side stepping and
speed while Jerome Canute and Amila Ranchigoda should also pose a threat
to Royal with their daring runs down the flank. Canute is also an
accurate place kicker who is capable of piloting them to victory with
his superb kicking.
Royal's biggest problem has been the over reliance on their forwards
which has resulted them tiring out in the last few minutes because of
their heavy work load and they should make use of their threes if they
are to give the Peterites a run for their money.Gayal Jayasinghe (son of
former Sri Lanka skipper Saman Jayasinghe) who had a good game against
Dharmaraja will once again operate from the base of the scrum and will
pair off with skipper Rimzi Jamaldeen.
Royal: Thiwanka Perera or Shuayb Muthaliph, Shuaib Jabbar,
Chameera Gamage, Dineth Karunaratne, Yasuon Weerasuriya, Manusha
Abeykoon, Mohamed Shaukat, Pasindu Perera, Gayal Jayasinghe and Rimzi
Jamaldeen (Captain), Bhanuka Gamage, Asman Khan, Akash Iddawela or Devin
de Silva, Udesh Udawatte, Nimshan Jayawardena.
St.Peter's : Udara Hettiarachchi, Shenal Abeysekara, Johanne
Rodrigo, Niraj Gunasinghe, Timothy Alles, Nishon Perera, Malith Makage,
Anuradha Herath, Shehan de Silva, Shan Weerakkody (Captain),Dilanka
Perera, Shallen Direkze, Akila Ranchigoda, Jerome Canute, Kevin Dickson.