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
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
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
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.