Trinity edge out Antonians
RUGBY: The Trinity ‘Lions’ minus four of their regular players edged
out the confident Antonians by 25 points (1 goal, 3 tries, 1 penalty) to
24 points (1 goal, 1 try, 4 penalties) at Nittawela Rugby Stadium in one
of the key Singer Inter School League under 20 encounters yesterday.
It was the part time place kicker and prop forward Mohamed Riyazie
who put over a penalty in the last minute of the game to win by a mere
point. At the short breather. It was the ‘Eagles’ who were leading
Though it was expected to be one sided the Antonians gave their
maximum effort and they played hard running rugby in the first half.
Their scrum half Imad Riyal was in cracking form pouncing on the loose
ball and while in attack left the Trinity defence open on a number of
occasions. The blow on the Antonians was far too much as they are yet to
win a single game this season.
They have to sit and wait for their games against Rajans and
Vidyartha which are must win outings. This game Antonians would like to
forget quickly as this was adding salt to their wounds.
Trinity on their part were spearheaded by number 8 Rushdy Ramzin who
looked threatening in all his moves. More to the success the ‘Lions’ are
lucky to have their 1987 champion side skipper and ‘Lion’ Tyrel
Rajapakse along with the side for the last one month or so. Tyrel who is
in Canada now on holiday here has boosted the youngsters through his
As usual it was Trinity No. 8 Rushdy Ramzin who crashed through the
Antonian defence in the 9th minute to score. Three minutes later scrum
Half Imad Riyal reduced the lead through a neat penalty kick at goal.
In the 16th minute Antonian skipper Chanaka Gunaratne sliced through
the Trinity defence to touch down to take a 8-5 lead. But the Trinity
No. 8 Rushdy Ramzin once again had a grand game.
In the 23th minute he scored his second try through a forwards rush
to take a 10-8 lead favouring Trinity. But it was short lived as Imad
Riyal was on target with three penalty kicks at goal within 10 minutes
to take a 17-10 lead at the short breather.
Then came the decisive second half where the Trinitians as usual
showed their fitness and ability to last the full game. Last week’s
match winner against the Thomians Shamrin Sameen dashed through the
Antonians to score and reduce the lead to 17-19. Trinity nippy scrum
half Habeeb Hamid scored and Mohamed Riyazie converted to take a 22-17
lead for the ‘Lions’.
Antonian centre Tharanga Bandara virtually dashed the Trinity hopes
when he crashed through to score under the posts to give them a 24-22
lead. Then came the stone throwing drama where some of the Antonian
school boys threw a few stones at the referee and the game was halted
for nearly five minutes.
After the resumption of play Trinity kept on attacking and were
awarded a penalty 35 metres out. It was the part time place kicker
Mohamed Riyazie who was on target to give a nail biting win for the
‘Lions’ and continue their winning streak. Pradeep Fernando did a grand
job in refereeing.
Under 16 Trinity won 12-7.