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Hard fought 43-33 win for Trinity

A keen tussle for supremacy at yesterday’s rugby match between Trinity and St. Peter’s at Bambalapitiya. Pic by Kavindra Perera

Trinity pulled off a hard fought 43 (5 goals, 1 try and a penalty) to 33 (4 goals, 1 try) win against St. Peter's in their Schools Under-20 League Rugger Tournament played at Bambalapitiya yesterday.

The Kandy school who lost to S. Thomas' last week had to pull off all their resources to save their blushes after the Peterites launched a terrific fight back in the second-half scoring 26 points.

The Trinitians played with cohesion in the first-half with their three-quarters giving them the cutting edge. They played a terrific game in attack and defence and drove the Peterites into submission.

Trinity planted three tries in the first seven minutes of the game when Cannon Armstrong, Akila Dissanayake and Duminda Nanayakkara pierced through the Peterite defence. Armstrong gave the extra points on all three occasions.

The Trinity three-quarters ran the ball and displayed good ball handling and also played well in picking up the loose ball.

The Peterites forwards too, gave a determined display driving into rucks and mauls and scored nearing the half-time when flanker Chamath Madurawela touched down for Sandun Herath to add the extra points. Hooker Damith Dissanayake struck for Trinity off a short tap which Armstrong converted and Cannon Armstrong breezed through for an unconverted try.

Trinity led 33-7 at the breather.

On resumption the Peterites came back strongly with their forwards and the back division combining well for the first time in the match. Fly half Banuka Nanayakkara reduced the lead scoring a try which Sandun Herath added the extra points. The other tries were scored by Sandun Herath, D. Ranjan and S. Anthony. Trinity's second-half try was scored by Cannon Armstrong which was converted by him.

Referee: Aruna Jayasekera.



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