S. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia and Royal College, Colombo will renew their age-old rivalry as they lock horns in their Inter School Rugby Tournament game which will be played at the S. Thomas’ College Grounds in Mount Lavinia today.
S. Thomas’ won the 140th annual Battle of the Blues cricket encounter on Saturday with flying colours, but the Royalists will have a chance to regain some lost pride when they meet in the rugby arena today.
Royal are the defending champions of the Inter School Rugby Tournament, and are also the favourites to win the tournament again this year.
Last week they started off in style against Maliyadeva College, who were beaten to a pulp in a 62-6 points victory that saw Royal on a rampage with ten touchdowns.
Captain Thulaib Hassan was superb in the last match for Royal as he opened the scoring and made some good breaks, although he suffered a minor injury during the game.
Full back Dulan Gunawardane had a superb game as well, scoring two tries while also making some brilliant conversions to help Royal post a huge victory in their season’s curtain raiser. He will be looking to continue that form in this match, too.
Royal College’s forwards have been their strength and they have got a good set of forwards once again. Prop forward Rasindu Jayasuriya had a great game against Maliyadewa, where he scored two tries.
S. Thomas’ College will be full of confidence after defeating pugnacious St. Peter’s College in their first match of the season by 20 points to 19 points.
Thomian winger Sadaak Ishak scored a brilliant try in that encounter, showing off his speed in going past Peterite defenders with ease, and he will be hoping to repeat that sterling performance once again in this match too.
S. Thomas’ forwards will also look to produce a good show again and hooker Lashindra de Silva will be a key player for them in the pack.
Royal College are the favourites to win this game due to their superb squad and form, but the Thomians’ renowned grit has brought many a high-flying opponent crashing down to earth, and Royal more than any other team knows this and will have taken serious note of their rivals’ demonstration last week that they could beat any team.
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