Isipatana - Trinity clash on May 20
One of the most looked forward confrontations in the schools rugby
calendar, the encounter between Isipatana College, Colombo and Trinity
College, Kandy will take place on May 20 (Sunday) at CR and FC grounds,
Isipatana scored two smashing wins over St Joseph’s (29-18) and
Kingswood (35-5) in their last two outings having being held to a 19-all
draw by Vidyartha in their first match.
The Trinitians who began the season with a hard fought 25-19 win over
Science then scored a runaway 54-10 win over home town rivals St
Anthony’s before suffering a 29-34 defeat at the hands of the Peterites.
With both teams likely to play fast open rugby an enthralling game is
on the cards. In Kavindu Costa and Hirantha Perera, the lads from
Havelock Town have an experienced halves combination. In Sharmal
Chathuranga and Ashan Kovinda they have two penetrative centres while on
the wings they have two daring runners in the seasoned Shenal Dias and
Uditha Prematilleke who will pose the biggest threat to the Trinitians
in addition to an attacking full back in Sithum Chathusanka.
Trinity's ‘threes’ too have given a dazzling display during the last
The halves combination of Sanjaya Somasiri and Tharinda Ratwatte have
hit it off smoothly while centres skipper Kaneel Seneviratne and Thisila
Karunatilleke have sliced through the opponents defence with their
side-stepping and speed while on the wing newcomer Dharshana Udalagama
has stood out with his poweful runs scoring two fine tries against the
Peterites with full back Santhana Sheik joining the line to form the
The lads from Havelock Town won last year's match by 25-19 at
Pallekele with the Trinitians winning the 2010 match by 28-20 at
The Trinity-Isipatana match has been a regular fixture since 1981
with Isipatana recording the highest score of 43-8 under the leadership
of Anuranga Walpola in 2002 while Trinity's best performance was in 2008
with a 29-10 win at Longden Place.