After the completion of the fifth round matches of the Singer Under 20 Division 1 A rugby tournament it has gone down to a two cornered tussle between St. Peter’s and Royal, which no doubt is going to be interesting.
The two leading rugby playing schools in Sri Lanka have each won five of the matches that they have played so far and the coming weeks will decide who will really be in contention for the Singer 2012 schools rugby league title.
|Isipathana who recorded a massive 111-10 win against D.S. Senanayake last week, beat Science by 50-17 this Friday.
(Pic by Ranjith Perera)
St. Peter’s and Royal had easy assignments over the weekend where the two teams won their games with the minimum of fuss with the Peterites recording a convincing 32-6 win over Science College and the Royalists too coasting to a 38-6 win over St. Anthony’s.
In the other games that were played over the weekend saw Trinity cruising through to a convincing 62-7 win over Vidyartha while St. Joseph’s at last seeing the winning post with 41-26 win over Kingswood and Isipathana securing a mammoth 111-10 win over the hapless D.S. Senanayake College. Isipathana’s win incidentally is the highest scored by a team this season. Isipathana also beat Science College by a big margin 50-17 this Friday.
St. Peter’s playing sans their skipper Dhanushka Ranjan had a savior in Dulaj Perera who obliged with a scintillating performance which gave the Bambalapitiya boys the much needed confidence.
But even then the Peterites who had been at the top for nearly three weeks had to surrender the top slot to Royal who replaced them having secured bonus points by scoring over four tries in their match against St. Anthony’s.
However the sixth round of matches due to be played this weekend is of significance to the two teams. The Peterites will be confronting St. Anthony’s while Royal will lock horns with Kingswood with both matches to be played in Kandy.
There is no doubt that the two teams will be looking forward to secure as much points as possible as on the long run the big wins is going to be crucial with just four round of matches left to be played.
The chances of Trinity and Isipathana coming into contention for the title will depend on the outcome of the matches to be played in the coming weeks. But come what may they are going in the right direction.
Trinity’s convincing win against Vidyartha was a no doubt a surprise for the latter’s supporters. Vidyartha began the season with a bang when they held the fancied Isipathana to draw, but since then has had fluctuated fortunes.
St. Joseph’s could be said as one of the most unlucky teams this season and also unfortunate in losing games which they should have won. Nevertheless they had the satisfaction of chalking up their first win after four straight defeats.
Right down two teams D.S. Senanayake and St Anthony’s who both has yet to record a victory will have to do something special if they are to save themselves from being demoted next season.
In the coming weeks the two teams have tough assignments to face and it’s left to be seen whether they would be able to achieve any giant killing performances.
Meanwhile in the Division 1B category the battle is yet between three teams Dharmaraja, S. Thomas’ and Wesley. But there is doubt that S. Thomas’s and Wesley would be able to replace Dharmaraja from the top position.
The weekending saw Dharmaraja post their second three figure score when they trounced CWW Kannangara MMV by 106 points to nil while S. Thomas’ and Wesley too chalked up big wins.
S. Thomas’ outclassed Lumbini MV 76-0 and Wesley drubbed Carey 88-3 and here too the difference between the two sides is just two tries. If Wesley is hoping to replace S. Thomas’ from the second slot they will have to go for big wins.
The remaining four matches scheduled to be played is going to be of significance to the top three teams and the clash between the three teams in the coming weeks will decide who will end up in the top two.
Apart from that from that the other teams would not be able to come any closer to the top three as they are way behind the trio.