Trinity College Kandy edged out their arch rivals St. Anthony’s College Katugastota to win the game 10 (2 tries) points to 3 (1 penalty) with Trinity leading the first half 5-3.
Half time – 5 points to 3 Trinity leading
Full time – 10 points to 3 (TCK)
It was a crunch game today in the hills between the hill capital rivals in their season opener, with Trinity College captained by bulky number eight Murad Ramzeen and Antho captained by cracks number eight Sanka Rajaguru. Both teams made their intentions clear early on as they played very aggressive rugby right throughout the game. There was hardly anything to separate between the Anthonians and the Trinitians with both the packs playing some good forceful rugby.
Trinity College was able to punish the Anthonians in the first half on their mistakes as they went over a try courtesy their new star center Dilshan Kalaniyagoda. Dilshan who’s playing in his first year for the Lions played a good game in open play and ran with a lot of purpose to finish the moves. Antho were able to put over a solitary penalty at the end of the first half which was converted by Harsha Kumara. At the end of the first half Trinity College were leading with a slender lead of 5-3.
For the Trinitians it was the two centers that shone out with Kanil Seneviratne and Dilshan Kalaniyagoda combining well to make a deadly combination. Their quick foot work and hard running angels were a treat to watch and was ably supported by their trusted 16 year old winger Shehan Mohamed.
Out of the senior players captain Murad Ramzeen played a good game in attack mainly in set pieces and was well supported by senior man and third row forward Sean Foster.
It was always going to be a tough second half with both teams going hard against each other. Trinity College was the ones who capitalized early on with a fine try by wing three-quarter Shehan Mohamed. Anthonians tried to apply the pressure but their own mistakes let them down.
Speaking to the coach of the Trinity team Nilufer Ibrahim stated that, his team completely dominated proceedings but could not capitalize on the opportunities which were presented to them. “We were far superior in both line outs and scrums but we were guilty of not going in to rucks which resulted in the ball being turned over”. He also went on to say that St. Anthony’s College played well but lacked the fitness to compete.
Trinity College will play S. Thomas’ College next week (11th April) while St. Anthony’s will play Isipathana College on the 8th.
By Sankha from thepapare.com
Published 7 years ago