Four schools (Joes, Rajans, Peters and Pathana) will be fighting it out this weekend (17th & 18th June) to book their place in the final of the Milo President’s trophy tournament.
Dharmaraja vs St. Joseph’s
Date: 17th June 2017
The Josephians will be heading into this game following a confidence boosting win over Wesley College in the quarter final and the Rajans will be coming in after a week off, due to Royal pulling out at the last moment.
The last time these two met, was in the league. This game was built-up to be a fiery encounter following last year’s spat at Bogambara, however the Josephian made easy work of the visitors, getting the better out of them, winning 44-10 at CR & FC.
Having never managed to reach a final, let alone winning silverware, the Josephians will be adamant they get over the line in this semi-final. Dharmaraja’s final piece of silverware was in 2013 when they managed to win the league under Rochana Hettiarachchi.
Captain Chamika Perera will be the man to watch out for, along with scrum half and vice captain Tharuka Galapitagedara will be key for their team. However they will be hoping that their team will not be rusty due to the lack of matches after the end of the League.
Hat-trick scorer from last weekend, fullback Gemunu Chethiya will be the man to have an eye on in the semi final. He was in sublime form throughout and along with Sachith Silva and Chatura Seneviratne will be the men to watch out for in this game.
Why the Rajans can win: Dharmaraja having played crunch games before, they will be having the experience and exposure to get the job done.
Why the Josephians can win: Their recent form will be the only thing on their side and having got a win in the league, the Josephians will be coming in with a positive frame of mind for this game.
Isipathana vs St. Peter’s
Date: 18th June 2017
Following wins over Trinity and St. Anthony’s, the Peterites and the Green Machine come in with spirits held high.
St. Peter’s did the double over Trinity, displaying that the first win was no fluke, in the second round. The Peterites came in with immense pressure but stuck to their guns and was able to tame the Trinity Lions at Sugathadasa.
For Isipathana, the game was no straightforward match up. They were made to work extremely hard, and scraped their way over the line in the final embers of the game.
The last time these teams met was in the league where the Bamba Brigade ended the Pathana unbeaten run, defeating them convincingly by 32-15 at Bambalapitiya.
Captain Diyath Fernando and centre Theekshana Dasanayake were inspirational in their win last weekend and will be the men to watch out for in this semi-final as the odds are stacked in favour of the team from Bambalapitiya.
For Isipathana it was the same culprit, Harith Bandara who put his hand up in a messy win over the Eagles from Kandy. He along with winger Nadeesh Chahinda will be the men to have an eye on.
Why Pathana can win: All things have not being going their way, but knowing who Isipathana are, they will fight till the very end.
Why Peters can win: Their form in the final weeks have been sparkling and with the odds stacked in their favour, you cannot but place your money on them.
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