Trinity end Royal’s unbeaten run

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Trinity College put a full stop to Royal College’s unbeaten run this season when they edged them out by 21 points (2 tries, 1 conversion, 3 penalties) to 20 points (2 tries, 2 conversions, 2 penalties) in their Dialog Schools Under-20 Rugby League encounter at the Royal Sports Complex on Friday.

At the short breather Trinity led 13/6.

Trinity put up a brave effort in ending their losing streak to Royal. Royal were coming into this game as the clear favourite, plus being the defending champions of the Schools’ League, put Trinity under a lot of pressure as the game was being played in Colombo. But they never gave up and played according to a plan.

They settled down early and their three quarters looked a yard faster in attack. Their defense too was good, not allowing the Royalists to sneak through. Trinitians only lapse was their line out throw. Kaveesha Edama was below standard which needs to be ironed out. Aataab Manzil, Kovida Wickremasinghe, Zeshard Zakir, Shaveen Premaratne and Chamindra Dhanapala stood out for the Trinitians.

Royal on their part played well in patches. They failed to convert hard won territory into points, plus took time to settle down. Nabeel Yehya, Pasindu Heshan and Hansaka Higgoda stood out for the losers.

Trinity missed a penalty early in the 7th minute by their Full Back, Kovida Wcikremasinghe. Royal Centre, Thavindu Saparamadu’s late charge on Aataab Manzil gave Trinity another penalty opportunity, which Kovida converted to put Trinity in the lead 3/0. Eight minutes later, Anuhas Kodituwakku dummied his way for a brilliant try and Kovida added the extras.

Royal soon reduced the deficit through a Nabeel Yehya penalty. Another Kovida penalty took Trinity 13/3 ahead. On the stroke of half time full back Nabeel Yehya – who had an excellent outing – put over another penalty for Royal.

After the turn around Royal played a better brand of Rugby and scored a superb push over try by their second rower Rahil Wijeskera. Nabeel added the extras to equalize scores at 13 all. Kovida added another penalty to take Trinity ahead 16/13. A charge by Hansaka Higgoda – the replacement scrum half – with a Trinity clearance allowed Royal to score their first try. Nabeel converted to take a 20/16 lead.

With the game going in to its last 5 minutes Trinity kicked deep into Royal territory and started attacking through their heavy set of forwards. Prop, Yasiru Ariyawansa went over for the winning try for Trinity.

Referee Dilum Deeshana

Trinity will host the unbeaten, Joes in their next encounter on 16 July at Pallekelle.

By Special Correspondent