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Sunday, 10 June 2012





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Trinity fight-back to win by 30-24

In one of the finest school rugby matches witnessed this season, Trinity College staved off a strong challenge by Kingswood College to pull off a great 30 points (2 goals, 2 tries, 2 penalties) to 24 (2 goals, 2 tries) victory in their Schools Singer Shield Under 19 Division 'A' Rugby Tournament match played at the Bogambara Stadium, Kandy yesterday. At half time it was the Kingswoodian who led 17-7.

There was no doubt that the Kingswoodians dominated the first through some power play and the lions had very little answer in the 14th minute of play Kingswood College opened scoring when scrum half S. Piumal slipped a pass to winger Ravindu Kumara who went over for an unconverted try. Kingswood 5-0.

In the 20th minute Trinity College took over the lead through No. 8 Ryle Madena who scored by the left corner flag and centre Thisila Karunatillake added the extra points. Trinity 7-5.

Thereafter it was all Kingswood in this half. They kept the pressure on and a desperate clearance by Trinity's fly half Tharinda Ratwatte was collected by centre Piyasena who had only to touch down far left and this try too went unconverted. Kingswood 10-7.

In the 39th minute Kingswood skipper No. 8 Uwin Ariyaratne displayed that he had both power and pace and went past 4 defenders and with the tackle scored. Kosala Perera added the extra points. Kingswood 17-7. But the Kingswoodians lost their grip in the game early in the second half through some lapses.

Trinity reduced the lead through a penalty fired by stand off Tharinda Ratwatte who repeated this three minutes later to reduce the gap to 13-17.

In the 13th minute a try by winger Dharshana Udalagama which was goalled by Tharinda Ratwatte saw Trinity wrest the lead 20-17.

In the 17th minute Trinity scored again this time through full back Halique Wadood who joined the three quarters. Trinity led 25-17.

In the 20th minute Kingswood closed the gap to 24-25 when their prop Ravindu Illangandera pounded his way to score far left.

Shortly afterwards Trinity College went ahead when winger Dharshana Udalagama sprinted across to touch down far left Trinity 30-24.

During the last 10 minutes of play the Kingswoodians made a strong bid to score but the lions defence held.

Dinko Peiris refereed.



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