Trinity succumb to rampaging Royal XV
Royal - 13
Trinity - 11
By Aubrey Kuruppu
Royal, the superior side duly won an absorbing tussle, but the 59th
Bradby Shield first leg would doubtless be remembered for some sterling
play by the Trinitians. They were ahead for much of the game, but
finally had to succumb to the pressure created by a rampaging Royal
outfit - Royal 13 (1 goal, 2 penalties) 11 (1 penalty and a drop
goal) was the final tally.
with a bang and rattled the Royalists. Saliya Kumara converted a
penalty for Trinity to 80 3/0 up. Jayasuriya burst through in retaliation
but was short of the line. Trinity's winger Isuru Jayasena intercepted
a pass when Royal were on the attack and hared along the touch -
line for an unconverted try (8/0). Minutes later Saliya Kumara dropped
a nonchalant goal and the home team were sitting pretty (11/0).
themselves into the fray with gusto and skipper Jayasundare some
how found a way to the goal line. Bahudeen converted (11-7). Royal
kept probing the Trinity defence and the back division looked positively
early start, Royal was concentrating on defence. Jayasundare, Dissanaike
and scrum half Nirmal Siriwardena kept the defence busy with many
a threatening move being initiated by them. Half time 11-7 (Trinity).
again went on the offensive and skipper Maddumapatabendi who played
tremendous game and fly half Ainaff made two good breaks. Ainaff
was stopped 10 metres from the line.
occasional breaks and gained valuable ground. But for the most part
they were reduced to defence, with the Royalists coming at them
in waves. Bahudeen put over a penalty to make it 11/10. Saliya Kumara,
who was in a sense the star of the Trinity show, missed a reasonably
easy 25-yard penalty.
With time running
out, winger Lakshman Dissanayake took a quick short top in the 25
and burst through. He was stopped almost on the line but a penalty
was conceded and Bahudeen put it over to the delight of the Royal
Jayasundera, Dissanaike Siriwardena and Bahudeen excelled, while
Saliya Kumara, Maddumapatabendi, Ainaff and Senerath had a good
game for Trinity. umara was quite brilliant in his play, gaining
ground through his accurate line kicking and also side-stepping
his way through the Royal defence on occasion.
Royal won but
the manner of their winning left something to be desired. They had
more possession and more thrust in their back division but still
scored only a solitary try. Trinity who were simply demolished last
year in both legs can take great heart from this performance. With
a little luck they may even have turned the tables on Royal. Referee
- Dilroy Fernando
Trinity won the Under 17 game 11 points to 5.
outclass Police in Round 2
Army - 30
Police - 20
By Shamseer Jaleel
Sri Lanka Army beat the Police SC by 30 points (3 goals, 3 penalties)
to 20 (1 try, 5 penalties) in their Caltex "A" Division
Cup second round game played at Police Park yesterday. At lemons
Police SC led 14 - 13. Police forwards gave an excellent performance
as they out played Army SC in most parts of the game.
But it was
Army's fitness, as they scored two quick tries in the late second
half, which won them the game. Policemen enjoyed a large share of
possessions in both lineouts and set pieces in the first half. Army
SC after was held to a one-point lead by the cops who cut loose
late in the second half. Their Kenyan and Samoan players were well
marked and were tackled by the Police three quarters.
Police SC scored
five penalties through Dissanayake and the try was scored by prop
Anura Fernando. For Army SC Karunarthna, Jayasuriya and Sitara Fernando
scored. Their safe full back T.A.Silva converted all three and was
also on target with three penalties.
SC Shantha Rohana, B.D.N. Fernando and Dissanayake played well.
For Army SC Karunarathna , Knowlton, T.A.Silva and Naushad played
their hearts out.
Referee - D.Nimal
ITN is doing
a grand job by telecasting these matches 'live' to all parts of
the island. Former Kingswoodian Mahesh Senanayake in English and
Kasturiarachchi in Sinhala gave commentaries. Mahesh played for
Kingswood in 1999 and later played for Kandy SC and Army SC.