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Royal dominated the first leg of the Bradby Shield rugby encounter | (Pic by Damith Wickremesinghe)

Next Saturday’s eagerly awaited clash between Trinity and Royal will see two of the best conditioned and physically powerful rugger teams clash in the 2nd leg of the Bradby Shield. The match will be played at Pallekelle.

No quarter will be asked and none given when they play in the Bradby decider. Royal won the first leg 22-17.

Saturday’s win provides irrefutable proof that Royal are building the momentum at the right time. It was a pretty special performance by the Royalists as there’s no doubt about that. They knew how to handle the ball under wet conditions. This skill can be of advantage to them if it rains in Pallekele.

The Trinity team selections attracted criticism. Trinity enjoyed the majority of possession, but couldn’t capitalize on this advantage due to poor ball handling. They have to improve in this department if they want to emerge the victor in the second leg.

The Trinity coaching staff made a blunder in keeping a promising fly half in the reserve bench. This player, none other than Lashan Wijesuriya, made the difference in the Trinity side by coming in during the second half. He contributed to his team with a well-taken penalty. He should be a strength to Trinity in the second leg if named in the starting line-up.

The honours in the first leg must go to Royal. They showed how rugby should be played. At one stage the scores were 17-all with only about 15 minutes to go for the final whistle. The most important thing is that Royal showed that they wanted to win.