Trinity retain Bradby Shield with a superb 36-20 win over Royal
Trinity College, Kandy completed the rout of Royal College by winning
the second leg of 68th Bradby Shield by scoring a comprehensive 36
points (3 goals 3 tries) to 20 (1 goal, 2 tries, 1 penalty)win at the
Trinity College Rugby Stadium at Pallekele yesterday. At half time Royal
College led 12-7.
Trinity’s full back Halique Wadood is tackled by Royal’s
centre Rimzi Jamaldeen. Also in the picture are Royal’s full
back Damien Ratwatte and Trinity’s winger Dharshana
Udalagama in the second leg of the Bradby Shield played at
President Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over the Bradby Shield to the
captain of Trinity College Kaneel Senaviratne and also gracing the
occasion was Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage and
Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake and Kabir Hasheem.Trinity College won
the first leg 34-11 and lifted the shield with an aggregate of 70-13
which is their best performance in this 68 year encounter.Trinity now
lead the series with 37 wins against 30 by Royal with one encounter
ending in a tie.Trinity College went ahead in the 10th minute when
centreKaneel Senaviratne ran through a gap and sling a pass to winger
Lochana Girihagama who made a bee line to the right corner flag and came
around to touch down under the post.
Centre Thisila karunatillake added the extra points. Trinity 7-0.
This was all the scoring they could do in this as Royal College came
back storming into the game, using their forwards to blunt Trinity
In the 15th minute Royal College forwards exerted a lot of pressure
on the Trinity ‘line’ and lock forward Wasim Bawa scored far left and
fly half Rianze Jamaldeen converted through their forward incessant and
it was only a matter of time before prop. Eroshan de Alwis fell over far
right and Arshand Jamaldeen failed to add the extra points. Royal 12-7.
In the period of play which Royal College was seen more on the
offensive and it was the intelligent play of fly half Tharinda Ratwatte
who drove them back. After the team had changed ends. Royal increased
their score to 15-7 through a 30 metre penalty countered by Arshad
Jamaleen.In the 16th minujte Tharinda Ratwatte set his three-quarter in
motion and winger Dharshana Udalagama scored far left. Thisila
Karunathilake faield to add the extra points. Trinity 12-15. In the 28th
minute Trinity’s three-quarter moved the ball and full back Halique
Wadood covered 20 metres before off loading to Dharshana Udalagama who
scored far right and Thisila Karunatillake added the extra points
Trinity led 19 – 15 had taken over the lead. In the 30th minute Royal’s
forwards once again penetrated the Lions defence and lock forward Wasim
scored for left centre Rinzi Jamaldeen failed to add the extra points
Royal 20-19.But here onwards it was the Trinitians who dominated play
scoring 3 tries through full back Halique Wadood, Dharshana Udalagama
and skipper Kaneel Senaviratne.
The last try by auty when he intercepted a pass in Trinity territory
and ran 55 metres to score under the post and Thisila Karunatillake
added the extra points.
Dilroy Fernando refereed.
Trintiy won the Junior game 19-12 and retaiend the Simithraarachchi
Trophy by an aggregate of 31-24.