The Trinity College rugby team has turned in some solid performances this season

The inter-school first round league rugby tournament is coming to an end.  Some of the Kandy schools have a match each.  Trinity College Kandy has finished their matches with resounding  success, having won all Schools rugger matches.  Its popularity is shown by a large gathering at matches.  Today over here, only one school has a ground of their own. Most of the schools are lacking the basic facilities.

Trinitians  led by  Nathan Yee and coached by Lote Raikabula with Buddika Abeyasinghe as his assistant  playing in Division I Segment 2A,   opened the season beating Wesley and  continued their winning streak by beating Science,  Zahira, S. Thomas’  and Prince of Wales. Now  they are awaiting  to lay their hands on the second  round with a  peak performance. Their key game the “ Bradby”  which will be the 73rd, and the first leg is on  May 20,  in Kandy, and the  second leg on 3rd June in Colombo.  They have a wealth of talent in their forwards, their back division, too, comprises some exciting players. Whatever the secret of its success, rugger has always been the most popular game at Trinity College, since  it was first introduced in 1906.  Vidyartha  captained by   Sachintha Kaluarahchi  and coached by Anil Jayasinghe are with three wins in four league  outings; they beat  Ananda, Maliyadewa and  St. Sylvester’s  and  at the last outing lost to  Kignswood.

They are in the Division I segement 2 B.  Antoanins led by Dinuk Amarasinghe and coached by Nihal Viper Guanrthne and assisted by Nalaka Weerakody have  won  two  games, that is against  DS  Senanayake and Dharmaraja   and  lost to St .Joseph’s, Isipathana, and St. Peter’s.  St.  Anthony’s is a school which has done well in the past.  They have the potential to perform better, but there is some “hoodoo”.   They are in the Division 1 Segment 1A. Syleverstains under the leadership of    Kelum  Rajapakse and coached by Aruna   Rankothge won  only one  game with St. John’s and  lost to Vidyartha, Kignswood , Maliyadewa  and Ananda.   They are in the Division I segement 2 B. Kingswoodians   kicked off well and out of the   matches  in Division I segement 2 B, they beat  Maliyadewa, Ananda,  St.Sylvester’s and Vidyarthan.   They are led by SS Jamson and coached  by DDS Gamage . Rajans   playing in Division 1 Segment 1 A are  led by   Shamika Perera and coached  by   Kapila de Silva.   But performance wise the team has not done that well; they won only one match but almost every game saw a very close call towards their victory, but failed.

They  beat   DS Senanayake and lost to  Royal, Isipthama ,  St. Joseph’s  and St. Anthony’s.  Wariyapola Sri Sumanga earlier known as St. Pauls’ are with two wins   against Carey and  Moratuwa Vidyalaya, and  lost  to St. Benedict’s and Nalanda. They are led by Supun Madushanka and  coached by  former Army, Defence Services and Sri Lanka  player G. Dharampala, and they are in the Division I segement 2 C. Sri Rahula  playingin the Division 2 segment 1 B  have played three  games beating  Dharmapala  and losing to  Paduka Priyarthne and St. Aloysius.  The side is led WM Yohan and coached by Nalin. Nugawella Central beat Sri Sumangala and  Royal Panadura.