Two sister schools Kingswood College and Wesley College said hello to each other on April 22 (Saturday) at the Bogambara Stadium. In this clash the Kingswoodians regained the Blaze Shield which was on offer after recording pulsating 40 points to 39 win.
Kingswood College scored their points through five tries, 3 conversions and 3 penalties while Wesley responded with five tries, four conversions and 2 penalties.
Kingswood started brilliantly and were ahead in the first quarter of the game. In this game both schools were equally good in their rugby skills. But the Kandy school had the luck to take the game away from the visitors by a wafer thin margin.
For Kingswood Heshan Janson scored two tires while one each came from Janitha Rajanayaka and Asiri Senevirathne. Lakshitha Ranaweera did the goal kicking. Wesley’s Mursheed Zubair scored twice while Veththasinghe, E. Harshane , Imesh Aponsu and Avishka Lee touched down once each. Mursheed Zubair did the kicking.
It was a good game of rugby from the kick off for the Kingswoodians began attacking from the start. They had Wesley pinned to their own territory, especially in the first half. Kingswoodians played good rugger. They dominated the forwards play in the first half which helped them to score. Their passes were excellent.
Towards the end, Wesley launched a vigorous attack and had Kingswood pushed into their own area. But could not maintain the pressure and were soon put back on defence. In the second half Wesley showed their superiority, , but Kingswood had the better of the exchanges. Wesley had a number of scoring changes but their forwards had a tendency to bottle up
Soon after the final whistle from referee Arunashantha, it was nice to see former MIC rugby and POG of Kingswood College Ruben Wijayawardene presenting the Blaze trophy to the match winning captain Heshan Janson.
This trophy means a lot as it was introduced in 1986, when old kingswoodian late Roy de Silva a well-known sporting figure, donated the trophy. The inaugural Blaze Shied rugby match was played on 17th July 1986. Kingswood led by Ronnie Ibrahim emerged the victor. Wesley was led by Sumedha Kuruppu. Thereafter it became an annual fixture and two games were played every year, except for the period between 2006 and 2012. During these two years the series was interrupted due to unwanted incident during and both schools decided to play one leg. Lewis Edmun Blaze a product of Trinity College, was the founder of Kingswood College (on 4 May 1891). At that time the school was named Kandy Boys High School. He was the founder principal. Wesley College was founded on 2nd March 1874 by Rev. Daniel Henry Pereira, with Rev. Samuel Rose Wilkin as its founder Principal. Kingswood was the first school to play rugby in 1893. During that time there was no school involved in the game and after Trinity College took to the game their first inter school game was against Kingswood. This match played in 1906 ended in a six all draw.