Royal win one-sided Bradby | Sunday Observer

Royal win one-sided Bradby

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe witnesses the Bradby Shield rugby match between Royal College and Trinity College along with the heads of both schools BA Abeyratne (Royal) and Andrew Fowler-Watt (Trinity) and new sports minister Faizer Mushtapha at the Royal Sports Complex ground yesterday (Pic by Saman Mendis)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe witnesses the Bradby Shield rugby match between Royal College and Trinity College along with the heads of both schools BA Abeyratne (Royal) and Andrew Fowler-Watt (Trinity) and new sports minister Faizer Mushtapha at the Royal Sports Complex ground yesterday (Pic by Saman Mendis)

The Bradby Shield was made a laughable matter as Royal College routed Trinity College by 39 points to 7 in a terribly one-sided rugby match at the Royal Complex ground in Colombo last evening.

Royal had enough and more chances of coming off with a bigger margin if not for some mistakes at crucial stages until they sealed the result with a penalty in the dying moments of the match.

In all Royal ran down six tries after securing a 19-0 at half time through the help of three tries.


Royal College’s Ifham Fareed barges through for a try against Trinity College - Picture by Saman Mendis

Overall Royal did not have to do anything special to win the match but the mistakes they made cost them valuable territory especially with Trinity putting up a strong defence in the opening minutes of the game before they were deflated.

The fact that Royal had more ball come their way especially in the first half put Trinity on the back foot as they depended on scraps of possession by playing second fiddle.

Royal got their first try in the match through prop Induwara Bimsara that was a clear indication that the home team had come well planned to subdue Trinity more through their forwards which they did as they also scored a try through their trademark rolling maul in the first minute of the second half.

In the opening minutes of the game Royal’s place kicker Dulan Gunawardena and his Trinity counterpart Akitha Sakalasuriya missed a penalty each from a kickable distance but on the long run the duo did not have to come into the picture as the match turned into one-way traffic for the home team.

Royal’s Janidhu Dilshan scored two of the tries while Himantha Irushan, Sasitha Siyath and hooker Ifham also crossed the line for tries.

Full back Dulan Gunawardena made three conversions.

Trinity had just a consolation try scored by winger Maleesha Madumevan who slipped through on the blind side at a time Royal had a lapse in their defence midway in the second half.

Eventually Royal kept their unbeaten record without any blemish during the first round matches of the inter-school League championship as they posted five wins out of five matches while Trinity suffered their third loss for the season. 

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