sailing for Royal
Trinity outplayed and outclassed by a superior
Royal's Dushantha Lewke grimaces as he is tackled by Trinity
player. Royal won the first leg of the Bradby Shield 39-0
. Pic by Ishara S. Kodikkara.
Unbeaten Royal, with an experienced outfit - a mixture
of top sets of forwards and a sleek backline - gave an exhilarating
performance - to outplay and outclass arch-rugby rivals Trinity
by 39 points (three goals, three tries and a penalty) to nil in
the Bradby Shield first leg match played before a huge crowd at
the Royal College Sports Complex yesterday. The game was sponsored
by Singer Sri Lanka (Pvt.)
This is the
biggest margin that Royal has won in this contest. Royal who are
defending champions are assured of retaining the Shield.
margin of victory was in 1998. Royal under Shanka Perera won the
shield 42-nil. Former Royal great Maurice Anghie, who led the team
in 1959 was the chief guest.
between these two teams in the rugby scene has been absorbing since
the inception. Though Trinity are in the lead in the series, their
performance was like pale ale, not befitting a school that has been
in the forefront in the schools rugby circuit.
off with a bang in the second minute when fullback Chamath Danawansa,
who had an excellent game, fired it over to take the lead 3-0.
the Royal 'eight'. Royal in the process suffered a few hiccups,
but got their act together when the threes ran amok against the
disarrayed Trinity defence. Off a ten-metre Royal scrum, centre
Rajith Jayasundare side-stepped beautifully to crash over the line
for an unconverted try. At this stage it was running rugby at its
best with the entire Royal back division handling the ball with
Off a rolling maul strongly built winger Lakshman Dissanayake with
a hand off, darted over the right corner flag for another unconverted
try. There was no stopping as the sluice gates opened. Royal ran
at will and the Trinity defence was in the shade.
Trinity forced their way to the Royal defence with their second
rowers, Dushan de Silva and Manoj Vidanagamage winning much of the
good ball in the long throws but it was lost in the loose against
the marauding Royal forwards, who pounced on the ball like terriers
with No 8. Dushantha Lewke being outstanding.
In the 20th
minute Trinity could have scored. When in possession in the Royal
'25', but un-warranted play cost them a chance. Royal did not let
up. They scored another peach of a try seconds before the short
whistle when fullback Danawansa joined the line to dart over the
corner flag. He himself converted to make it 20-0.
winger A.Rashid who came in place of Bilal Yusuf fumbled with the
ball on a couple of occasions. The 17-year-old was replaced by Bilal
Yusuf after the turn around. In this half Trinity winger Leelaratne,
after being warned in the first half, was shown the yellow card
by Referee Orville Fernando and was sent to the sin bin.
In this half
it was like the Mahaweli flood waters gushing through a tunnel.
The Royalists playing copy book rugby ran riot to add 19 more points
to the tally. In the 11th minute off a midfield move by second centre
Varun Wijewardena. He broke through and scythed his way through
the defence and passed the ball into the waiting hands of Dhanawansa
to plant the ball under the crossbar. He himself converted 27-0.
It was a showpiece
of a try by centre Rajith, a strongly built lad, who bemused the
Trinity defence with a 40 mere run to roll over for his second try
under the posts. Danawansa added the extra points.(34-0). Trinity
against this incessant assault lost their cool. Another player (Naushad)
was sent to the sin-bin for unwarranted play. They had an opportunity
of scoring through a penalty, but Prageeth Wasalathanthri fluffed
a 'sitter'. The final Royal try came off a grubber sent by Dhanawansa.
Fly-half Ishan Perera picked the loose ball to touch down to make
a mockery of the Trinity defence.
Fernando blew no-side for a right Royal first leg win at 39-0. Linesmen
Kevin Lappen and Rohan Nisantha. In the Under 17 match Trinity did
well to beat Royal 5-0 after a good contest. Trinity showed better
rugby skills to win the match after leading 5-0 at lemons. They
are the defending champions of the C.E. Simithrachchi Trophy. Referee
LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka came to England intent on
proving one thing and, with everything weighted heavily in their
favour, failed spectacularly.
Muttiah Muralitharan edging his way back from a serious shoulder
injury, the trip was billed as a "great opportunity",
according to coach Dav Whatmore, "to show people we are not
just a one-bowler team".
But Sri Lanka,
normally great entertainers and looking to extend their run of nine
test wins in a row, did not come even close as they wound up their
visit on Thursday with their 2-0 test defeat followed by one-day
side had arrived for their first full test series in England in
early May and opened with 555 in the first innings at Lord's, Marvan
Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene scoring centuries.
They then forced
England to follow on, only to see their fortunes accelerate downhill
from there as they lost the three-match series 2-0. Muralitharan
returned for the next two tests, even bowling 64 overs first time
out at Edgbaston in taking five for 143, but was clearly not at
His finish as
the side's most successful bowler, with eight wickets when only
half-fit, underlined Sri Lanka's fundamental problems. Left-arm
seamer Chaminda Vaas did not help. A world-class performer, he was
a shadow of his usual self as he claimed four test wickets for 108.5.
Nuwan Zoysa blew hot and cold, while Ruchira Perera took five wickets
in the first test before being reported for a suspect bowling action.
England's batting statistics clearly reflected the Sri Lankans'
Seven of their
batsmen averaged over 40 and six over 50. Two - Marcus Trescothick
and Mark Butcher - were in the 80s. And all this carnage inflicted
by a team that had not won a series for 12 months.
side also failed as a batting unit in conditions that should have
favoured them and despite the absence of England's leading bowler
Darren Gough. Coach Dav Whatmore conceded: "The wickets were
pretty good. They could have been a lot more seaming".
Yet apart from
Atapattu and Jayawardene's bright beginning, there was little to
cheer from some of the world's most attractive batsmen. To cap everything,
skipper Sanath Jayasuriya, a man who favours committee captaincy
rather than dictatorship, had a terrible tour, averaging just under
20 in the tests and even relegating himself from opener to number
six at Old Trafford.
help when you are not leading from the front. He has some thinking
to do about where he bats in the side," Whatmore told Sky Television.
steals the limelight
Prasanna Ranasinghe participating in only his second rally of his
life pulled off a sensational win to clinch the Mobil Autocolour
SLARDAR 1000 rally which is the most recognised rally event of the
country that was concluded last Sunday.
this win overcoming experienced drivers in the calibre of Pubudu
Wickrema and Rizvi Farouk. His navigator Andrew de Silva was a tower
of strength in him winning the title.The rally was a gruelling test
of skill in driving.
was driving a Mitsubishi Pajero for the first time was representing
the Southern Rally team who were the outsiders of this rally.They
did not have a glimpse of a chance to pull off this rally but Andrew
was behind Prasanna and was the secret of success backed by the
other Southern Rally team comprising of Rizmin Razik and Ashar Hameem.
duo finished joint leaders when the penultimate stage was completed
at Hambantota.Navigator Andrew already with a win in the Negombo
rally last year was a shrewed customer who drew a plan of how to
tackle the oncoming challenge to the finish.
of the rally Pubudu Wickrema and Rizvi Farouk were expected to fight
for honours but Prasanna and Andrew with 30 debits surprised both
of them. Following in second place was Stefan Furkhan and navigator
Rohan Speldewinde who had 31 debits and in third place Pubudu Wickrema
and Prasad Wickrema with 32 debits in fourth place was last years
winner Rizvi Farouk and Aqthar Cuttilan also having 32 debits.
The rally was
not short of mishaps with Ashar Hameem having a radiator blow in
the first stage and falling out of contention. Team Mobil- Autocolour
Gajaba comprising of Pubudu Wickrema, Mahesh Gammanpila and Nishantha
Nambuge won the team event.
But again the
SLADAR 1000 failed to produce a second time winner with hopeful
contender Rizvi Farouk being the closest failing to acheive this.
Rinaz with six tries equals record
By M.Shamil Amit
Rugby star of St Peter's winger Mohamed Rinaz continued his runs
of tries when he planted six tries in the interschools rugby encounter
against Nalanda played at Bambalapitiya yesterday, enabling the
Peterites to register an emphatic 62 points (six goals four tries)
to 5 (one try) win over Nalanda. At the breather the Peterites led
Fly half Dinuka
Jayasinghe, winger Philip Asinghearachchi, scrum half Mahesh Fernando
and flanker Ifthard Fazil were the other try scorers for the Peterites
with Dinuka Jayasinghe converting six of the tries. Nalanda's try
was scored by centre Vindula Siriwardena.
game commenced Rinaz had scored nineteen tries and with this six
tries Rinaz equalled the schools record for the highest number of
tries scored which was 25 tries jointly held by H.K. Sisira and
former Sri Lanka captain Hisham Abdeen both Isipatanians.
when H.K.Sisira scored those tries in 1976 Hisham was representing
Zahira later Hisham equalled it in 1980 while playing for Isipatana.
But Rinaz has two more games to play which is against St Anthony's
and St Joseph's so he is well on the way of establishing a new schools
got the news that Rinaz has equalled the record spoke to The Sunday
Times and said that he would like to personaly congratulate Rinaz
on his superb performance and he is proud to see an up and coming
rugby player in the making. Referee: M. Amadoru.
S.Thomas' registered a hard fought 13 points (two tries one penalty)
to 8 (one try one penalty) win over St Joseph's to clinch the Lady
Jayatileke Shield in their annual rugby encounter played at the
Havelock Park yesterday. At lemons the Thomians led 8-0.
Number 8 Namal
Rajapakse and second row Lalinda Siriwardena scored the tries for
the Thomians while full back Kevin Cameron booted the penalty. For
the Josephians fly half Dhanushka Perera scored the try with full
back Priyantha Pradeep puting over the penalty.
won the junior game too 17-0. Ajith Fernando blew the junior game
while Preethi Kumar controlled the senior game.- MSA