The final of the President’s Trophy Inter School Under-20 K/O Rugby will pit unbeaten Isipathana against St. Joseph’s at the Royal Sports Complex today (11). In the School Super round Isipathana got the better of Joes by 3 points.
Kick-off is scheduled at 4.00 p.m.
The last time both teams featured in the President’s Trophy final was in 2017, when Vinul Fernando led Joes edged out the Green Shirts 19/13 in a thrilling final. The following year, too, Joes came to the final but were beaten by arch rivals St. Peter’s.
Isipathana handed off Rajans in the quarter-finals and Thomians in the semi-final, while Joes got the better of Antonians in the quarter-final. In the semi-final, which went into extra time, they had to fire on all cylinders to beat the Wesley outfit 16/13.
Isipathana led by Dahan Nithina have some outstanding players such as Praveen Stefan, Waruna Sangeeth, Wewala Pandith and Sooriya Dodangoda in their outfit. They are coached by Saliya Kumara.
Joes are led by Teran Karunanayake and got some magnificent players such as Dilhara Subash, Naveen Marasinghe, Jehan Athukorale and Ruchira Rodrigo. They are coached by the master tactician Nilfer Ibrahim.
Former Nugawela Central player Ishanka Abeykoon, who had a very successful season, has been entrusted to referee the all-important final.
Isipathana domination continues in President’s Trophy
Isipathana performed beyond expectations this season with an unbeaten run so far, and accounting for the Schools’ League. They remain the most successful team in the President’s Trophy having clinched the title on 10 occasions and emerging as the runner-up a record 12 times.
Without any doubt, they have produced the highest number of national players by keeping their structure and approach to the game simple.
Other four teams who have been successful in the President’s Trophy are St. Peter’s, Kingswood, Trinity and Royal.
Peterites are the second most successful team, winning the title 7 times, followed by S. Thomas (5), Kingswood (4), Trinity (3) and Royal (3).
By Special Correspondent