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Isipathana - Joes game should be a thriller

St.Josephs’ College Maradana will confront Isipathana College Colombo in their annual inter-school rugby encounter in the Singer ‘A’ Division league rugby tournament first round game at Havelock Park at 4.00 pm today. Thus far both teams have remained unbeaten.

This year the Isipathana outfit captained by experienced third row forward Janith Serasinghe had won their first match against St.Anthony’s Kandy (30-06) ,Trinity college Kandy (27-15), Science College Mount lavinia (35-8) and beat Zahira college (17-3) in their match last week at Havelock Park.

In the meantime the Josephians led by number eight Tharindhu De Alwis started off the season with a (20-14) win against Science, beat St.Anthonys Kandy (38-5), Zahira (47-5) and pulled off a cracking (37-19) win against formidible Trinity College Kandy in their last match at Havelock Park.

Going by the performance of the two teams so far a touch and go battle can be expected from these two schools in today’s encounter.

Peterites confront Royal

St. Peters’ College Bambalapitiya will host Royal College Colombo in their annual inter-school rugby encounter in the Singer ‘A’ Division league rugby tournament first round game at St.Peters grounds in Bambalapitiya commencing at 4.00 pm today. Both teams are evenly balanced.

This year the Royal team will be captained by experienced Sri Lanka national under 19 centre Thulaib Hassan while former Royal College Vice captain cum Sri Lanka national captain Dushanth Lewke will be their head coach along with Fijian Fereti Verabula is the three quarter coach.

Mean while the Peterites will be captained this year by their experienced number eight Javed Zarook. While ex Sri Lanka national under 19 coach Sanath Martis will be their head coach. Former Peterite captain and centre Bhanuka Nanayakkara will be his assistant. They lost their first match against S.Thomas (19-20), Kingswood College Kandy (14-7), Maliyadeva

College Kurunegala (82-Nil) and won their last week match against Wesley College (35-22) at CR grounds in Longden Place.

In the meantime the unbeaten Royalist will be hoping to produce the same performance what they casrried out thus far. They won against Maliyadeva (62-6), arch rivals S.Thomas(17-10) at Thomian grounds in Mount Lavinia,

Wesley (24-19) and pulled off a hard fought win against Kingswood by (20-12) in their last week match at Nittawela grounds in Kandy.

Hence can expect a close battle between these two schools in today’s encounter at Bambalapitiya.

S.Thomas-Wesley a close game

The confrontation between S.Thomas College Mount Lavinia and Wesley College Colombo in their Singer ‘A’ Division inter-Schools league rugby first round match at Thomian grounds in Mount Lavinia today, should turn out to be an interesting game. The match will kick off at 4.00 pm.

SThomas who only lost to arch rivals Royal this season beat St.Peters, Kingswood and Maliyadewa last week at Mount Lavinia under the leadership of Harith Senanayake, therefore they will go out as favourites with a slight edge due to them playing this game on their home grounds.

The forte of the Thomian outfit has been their formidible forwards along with their speedy three quarter line who are certain to give a torrid time to the Wesley outfit.

Mean while Wesley College who beat only Maliyadeva this season lost to Kingswood, Royal and formidible St.Peters College last week, hence they will have to be at their very best if they are to at least make a match of it against this Thomian side.

Going by the two team’s starting line ups and the performance so far in the ongoing ‘Singer’ Inter-School league rugby tournament, S.Thomas will have the upper hand against Murshid Doray’s Wesley outfit today.

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