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Trinity smash DSS


Trinity put up a dominant performance against D.S. Senanayake to record a smashing 76-5 win and emerge champions of the Under-20 Schools League Division I A rugby tournament at Pallekele yesterday. The unstoppable Trinity achieved their title winning feat off 14 tries and three conversions while D.S. Senanayake was restricted to a first half try. Knowing of their only opportunity in many years for a league title shot Trinity were adamant to score as much as possible aiming at bonus points in addition to a comprehensive win which they achieved in style against a hapless opponent. Of the try tally, skipper and centre Kaneel Seneviratne shone out with four tries while their Bradby first leg hero Dharshana Udulagama and deputy skipper Thisila Karunatilake made hat-tricks. Overall the Trinitians put a memorable end to their league campaign this season by coming out from their only defeat at the hands of St. Peter’s.

The game kicked off giving Trinity the early lead when centre Karunatilake went over to open the try spree. Centre and skipper Seneviratne followed next with a brilliant punt as Karunatilake made his second successful attempt with another try. Then came winger Udulagama into action with a dazzling three-quarter move. Udulagama completed his hat-trick by scoring twice successively soon after. By this phase the D.S. Senanayake lads were torn apart but in a sudden change of events they managed to score their solitary try off winger Rashmika Ranasinghe who scored far left. Trinity No.8 Randika Alwis acted swiftly to add their seventh try before Karunatilake completed his hat-trick followed by a try off fly half Tharinda Ratwatte before the short whistle. With the three conversions made by Ratwatte Trinity took a inaccessible lead by 51-5.

After the turnaround Trinity went on to add 25 more points through five unconverted tries. The first two of the tries were landed by skipper Seneviratne while replacement flanker Aaquif Zarooj took the opportunity to score a peach of a try. Seneviratne then scored his fourth try of the game, completing a memorable season while winger Dureka Aluvihare made the finishing touches. Against Trinity, D.S. Senanayake experienced their ninth consecutive defeat as they are destined to walk back to the lower group next season.

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