Royal-Kingswood should be a thriller
The confrontation between defending schools Under-20 ‘A’ Division
Segment One League champions Kingswood College, Kandy and Royal College,
Colombo on June 20 (Saturday) at the Royal Sports Complex should turn
out to be a thriller.
The Kingswoodians who suffered a shock defeat at the hands of
Isipatana by 19-25 last week came up with a dazzling display of open
rugby to beat the strong St. Peter’s team by the staggering margin of 44
points to 12 on Saturday.
After being contained to a 15-12 lead at half time the lads from
Randles Hill went on the rampage in the next 40 minutes to pile up 29
more points helped by a superlative display by Sri Lanka Youth player
and fly half Roshan Weeraratne, full back Rajitha Sansoni and scrum half
A repeat performance by the Kingswood ‘threes’ should see them emerge
victorious on Saturday.
The forte of the unbeaten Royalists have been their power-packed
forwards. Spearheaded by No. 8 Hamza Hassen the Royal ‘eight’ gave a
sterling display with Nikira Senanayake, Shehan Pathirana, Ranga Perera,
Hasthika Bandaranayake and Ashane Dassanayake giving of their best which
helped them to score a smashing 31-15 win over Trinity in the ‘Bradby’
But where the Kingswoodians have a distinct advantage over the
Royalists is in place kicking as they have two superb kickers in skipper
Roshan Weeraratne and Rajitha Sansoni while Royalists lack a reliable
place kicker with Mushin Faleel falling with an easy penalty and only
converting two tries out of five in the Bradby Shield Second Leg.
Fitness too could play a vital role in the final outcome with
Kingswood having the edge over Royal having scored 19 points in the last
20 minutes against Isipatana and 29 points against the Peterites in the
second half proving their ability to last the pace.