Trinity tame Royal in their own den
by Rukshan Razak

Trinity College hooker Mahen Wickramasiri powered by some fabulous play guided the visitors for a comfortable victory against Royal College (21 10) in the first leg of the 62nd Bradby Shield played at the Royal Sports Complex on Saturday. Trinity led 7-3 at the breather.

This victory crowned the Trinity Lions as the "B" Division Champions of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby League Tournament and gave them an automatic promotion to "A" division next season.

The defending champions of the prestigious Bradby Shield overcame the first hurdle with some clever moves and powerful play by the defence.

The Royalists looked very dangerous in their attack and penetrated the opposition territory too frequently but some shabby play in handling and passing cost them dearly. Although they initiated clever moves, the hosts certainly failed to put the finishing touches.

It was Royal who opened scoring in the 22nd minute as the Trinity pack was caught by surprise by fly half Omar Hassan, who having missed an earlier opportunity, put over clean this time. In the 30th minute, the Lions invaded the Royal territory and managed a breakthrough as a result of a forward charge with Mahen Wickramasiri touching down.

The effort was converted by full back Krishan Kirinde putting the visitors ahead. The initial half also saw two players from each side being sin binned by referee Dilroy Fernando.

The Royalists kept on charging and Bilal Hassan scored a classic try under the post. His brother Omar added the extra points. Royal 10-7.

Halfway through the second-half, Trinity took over the lead when Wickramasiri scored again after a clever move beating five Royal defenders. Kirinde converted and Trinity led 17-7.

At the dearth Sean Wanigasekara, who looked brilliant in both attack and defence, touched down after a forward rush and replacement place kicker Anojan Balasundaram added the additional points to give Trinity a convincing win.


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