New-look Trinity came from behind and won the second leg of their traditional rugby encounter against Royal College which enabled them to share the Bradby Shield. Royal should be applauded as they have been able to employ the rolling maul consistently. They have also committed little or no mistakes this season.
With overcast weather conditions and a slight drizzle the two teams presented a good game of interesting rugby. The aggregate of both teams when the two-leg encounter concluded was 35 points each.
Trinity’s assistant coach Sean Wijesinghe was promoted as head coach a few days before this all important game. He had polished the forwards. Trinity came good in the set scrums and line outs and were much more organized than their opponents.
Trinity’s backs were a bit better than the Royal three quarters. Trinity captain Rahul Karunatilake was an inspiration.
The prediction for the second leg was that it would be a tense affair with Royal having a 5 point lead.
There was a good turnout for the match. Spectators comprised rugby lovers form both schools and also well wishers. It was nice to see personalities in the likes of Malik Samarawickrema, Ravi Karunanayake and Rauff Hakeem to catch the action.
Now the Bradby is over and the shield is to be shared.
Rugby is all about attitude. The way Trinitians played till the end was remarkable.
This is the second occasion where the game ended in a tie. The last time it happened was in 1992 when Trinity was led by Himesh Goonethilaka. Royal was led that year by Harindu. Wijesinghe.
Coming back to the 72nd edition of the Bradby, the talk over here in Kandy is that both teams played good rugby. Credit should be given to both the teams for entertaining the large gathering.
Rugby is about all players having the same opportunity to run with the ball, pass and defend their goal line. It’s also a team game. Both Royal and Trinity underscored this fact at the Bradby.