Royal College will have their rolling maul to look to when they confront St. Peter’s College in their inter school League rugby match at Bambalapitiya on Saturday.
Royal are one of the close contenders for the League title along with Isipathana and are favoured to win today.
The Peterites have been performing below par this season although they have gained a reputation for going hard at their opponents when the chips are down or feel hurt.
If only fly-half Sandesh Jayawickrema can get his clearance or place kicking right the Peterites could certainly make more headway than they have been doing this season.
Royal of course will depend mostly on their rolling maul to make headway as they are superior with it compared to all other teams in the fray. Ironically Royal have been weak in other departments where ball-play is concerned Overall what has been a positive outcome for the Peterites is that they no longer depend on their captain and centre Kevin Dixon to deliver which was proved beyond doubt against Trinity last week when they came back from near defeat at 0-20 to win 30-25.
Where the Peterites are found wanting is in their tackling which was at zero level in the first half against Trinity which could have cost them the match.
Royal will also hope that their pack-leader and number Eight Supun Warnakulasuriya will be able to run free as he has been doing so far this season.
In other matches of the same tournament to be played on Saturday, St. Joseph’s College will meet S. Thomas’ College at Havelock Park while Trinity will host Kingswood at Pallekele.
The Joes with their hardworking set of robust forwards are one of the most improved teams this season and are expected to get the better of the Thomians who have been playing second fiddle against the top sides this season.
Trinity can look forward to overcoming their home town rivals Kingswood as the latter have dropped in self belief despite showing plenty of promise at the start of the season.
The match between Isipathana College and Science College has been shifted from Saturday to Sunday at Mount Lavinia.
Isipathana are the clear favourite to win the contest although they will have to work hard against the home team which has the potential to deliver a revealing performance.