Action in the Singer Schools Rugby league is into its 4th week and already we have witnessed some mouthwatering games filled with thrilling rugby and plenty emotions poured into the game by the players and the spectators alike.
Wesley College will host Science College at Longdon Place in the opening fixture of week 04 on Friday 17th March .
Both teams will come into this week’s game having won their last encounters. Science College got their first win of the season with a trouncing 11 try win against Prince of Wales which would have given them a world of confidence. This year the Mount Lavinia school has fielded a very young team due to various reasons and are still finding their footing in the top league.
Wesley College on the other hand come into this game as a revitalized outfit having managed to regain the much sought after Oliver E. Goonathilake trophy from the Thomians last weekend. Despite the early season set back and their coach Jeevan Goonathilake stepping down from his post, the double blues displayed brilliant character to stage a comeback in the second half having trailed at half time. The Campbell Park lads will be determined to carry their good form against the struggling Science outfit.
Zahira College will host fellow newcomers to the top fight Prince of Wales College at Maradana on Saturday 18th March.
Prince of Wales College who was promoted to the top division after 2009 has struggled to match up to the challenge of competing against the other teams and are yet to win a game. The Cambrians will have their work cut out playing at the Zahirian den and will hope to put up the best performance of the season and notch up their first victory.
Zahira College who has impressed one and all with their showing against the Thomians and Trinitians in the last two weeks will be the firm favourites to win the game given the current form of the team. Maradana has become a difficult venue for the oppositions to travel with passionate crowds turning up in numbers to support Zahira and will be determined to continue playing their feverish style of play.
St. Peter’s College will host Isipathana College at St. Peter’s College grounds on Saturday 18th March.
The Peterites who managed to notch up a win against the bottom placed D.S Senanayake College last week will be put to test when they face the table topping green outfit. Despite having won two out of three games St. Peters has not been convincing in their victories and will look to put on an all-round performance against Isipathana.
Isipathana College who are currently unbeaten and are at the top of the table will look to keep their unbeaten tag intact when they face the Peterites on Saturday. Isipathana have displayed the speedy and never say die brand of rugby they are renowned for yet again this season but have had trouble with their defence letting the opposition back into the game in the second half. Their defence will be severely tested upfront when they try to counter the big made Peterite forwards.
Last minute addition to the top league D.S Senanayake will host Royal College in their adopted home grounds at Welisara on Sunday 19th March.
D.S Sennayake College has struggled so far this season having lost all their games in the top division. They were promoted to the top tier in the eleventh hour and have faced a bludgeoning at the hands of the opponents and will be determined to get their first win of the season.
Royal College had a nail biting finish in their last encounter where skipper Askey’s last minute drop goal won them the match against Dharmaraja. Royal who have won all three games played so far will be looking to iron out the inconsistencies that have put them under pressure in the previous encounters and will be determined to keep their unbeaten tag intact when they meet the green machine in the coming week.
In a repeat of a game that ended with a bloody and an ugly brawl, last season, St. Joseph’s College will host Dharmaraja College at Longdon Place on Sunday 19th March.
St. Joseph’s with a revamped coaching staff and a solid squad came into the 2017 league as title contenders but have not been able to get their first win of the season having lost both games they have played so far. The boys from Darley Road have plenty of quality to go to in their back line but have not been able to make use of the immense potential they possess. They will be determined to get their maiden win of the season which would be the first step towards qualification to the next round.
Dharmaraja College similar to their opponents this weekend, are yet to get their first win of the season despite two close games where they had to be satisfied being second best losing both games with a slender margin of 3 points. Rajans have a big made team compared to the other teams in the league and will be a tough challenge for the Josephians to handle and will go all out to secure the elusive victory and advance to the top four in the group.
Thomas’ College host Trinity College at Longdon Place on Monday 20th of March for the Cannon R.S de Seram trophy.
The Thomians were stunned by a spirited Wesley outfit last weekend in a game where they started off as the favourites. The boys from Mount Lavinia were guilty of being complacent in the second half having led at lemons and were not able to score a single point in the second 40. Currently the second placed team in the group S. Thomas’ College will be determined to retain the all-important Cannon R.S. de Seram trophy.
Trinity College who has been impressive so far this season will be playing their first trophy encounter in the current season. Having had to work hard for the win against Zahira College on Monday, Trinity will be playing their 4th game away from home when they take on the blue black stripes. Having impressed many with the attacking flair they have shown, Trinity will be focused on their defence which has given away too many points despite managing to be unbeaten after three encounters.
As the first round of the Singer Schools Rugby league 2017 nears its closing weeks, the intensity and the competitiveness is surely on the up. Keep it locked to Sri Lanka’s #1 sports hub www.thepapare.com as we are committed to bring you all the action that unravels.