Who will run out as clear favorites on Saturday when Trinity College host Isipathana College in what is expected to be a decider for the inter-school League rugby championships is the question that many are asking.
This much awaited match will kick off at Pallekelle at 4.30 pm.
This will be the third game for the two schools in the second round of the Cup competition with one match to go.
Trinity’s last game in the League will be against Royal College while Isipathana have a game against Wesley College.
In their last outing Trinity were able to beat St. Joseph’s College while Isipathana got the better of S. Thomas’ College.
The talk among rugby followers here in Kandy is whether Trinity will win this one. After losing to St. Peter’s College, they got back into the reckoning by beating St. Joseph’s College and are now in a position from which they can only move forward.
On the other hand Isipathana who beat S. Thomas’ College last week will want to continue their winning ways. Like Trinity they also suffered defeat at the hands of the Peterites.
The game is expected to be a tight one. The Trinitians have not won the League title for many years while Isipathana are the defending champs.
A win would keep alive their hopes for the league title and both teams are expected to be at full strength.
Statistically Trinity have not beaten Isipathana for the past four years.
Both these schools first played against each other in 1966 when Trinity won 29-3 and the encounter was not played in 1991 and 2000.
The overall tally stands at 24 wins to Isipathana and 17 to Trinity while three contests ended in draws.
Isipathana holds the record for the highest victory margin when they routed Trinity 43-8 in 2002.
Trinity College: Nathan Lee (captain), Rashen Bandaranayake, Shanel Maralanda, Vishwa Ranaraja, Shermal Wijeywardena, Shaveen Ekanayake, Hasiru Weliwatte, Pasan Samarawickrema, Rishane Madena, Gaurawa Bandara, Amit Kulatunga, Janidu Ratnayake, Diluksha Dange, Anuka Boyagoda, Lashan Wijesuriya, Joshua Peter, Neranjan Vitharana, Yusuf Sadique, Keshawa Palayangoda, Mahdi Abdullah, Shenal Abeywarna, Avishka Shiek, Naween Rajaratnam, Akith Sakalasooriya, Praveenda Wijetilleke, Woran Weerakoon, Mohamed Ikram, Aveesha Piyankara and Kanesha Alwis. Lote Raikabula (coach), Buddhika Abeysinghe (assistant coach), Navindra Dayan (trainer), Bandula Pushpakumara (assistant trainer), Manoj Jayatissa (manager)
Isipathana College- Sumudu Rankothge (captain), Chamod Fernando, Harith Bandara, Devin Gunaratne, Randy Silva, Anjana Thushan, Dileeka Viduranga Hettiarachchi, Danushka Madusanka, Faaiq Jamaldeen, Supun Tharusha, Dulanjana Kavindu, Sandun Avishka, Vimesh Warnapura, Dilshan Verkise, Kelum Lakmal, Chamath Kilan, Ramash Sachintha, Vinoga Keshava, Nadeesha Chaminda, Sudeera Dissanayake, Manilka Sulakshana, Vikash Vimadhawa, Nasran Nilamudeen, Binura Yesvin, Manoj Gautham, Vishwa Kalpana, Chamod Sandaruwan, Nisalka Perera, Dilshan Kumara, Kushmal Ratnaweera, Pasindu Dissanayake, Manula Ratnayake, Umesh Jayamanne, Upaka Hasantha, Janith Shehan, Renuja Silva, Dinith Galhena, Hasindu Shanilka, Ilusha Yasas, Janith Serasinghe, Ravindu Anjula, Duvindu Charith, Ramitha Himash, Nipun Nirmala and Ahamed Azmi. Lasintha de Costa (coach), Ben Perera (trainer – strength and conditioning), Dinesh Mudannayake (manager). (HM)