The Singer Schools Rugby League has come down to the final week in which the winner will be revealed, while other schools have much to play for hoping for the best spot in the final standing.
Trinity and Royal both will be vying for major honours in this game as it decides who will be crowned league champions. This game will be important for other reasons as it is also the first leg of the Bradby shield.
The coveted Bradby shield is a game important to the players and coaching staff and both teams will undoubtedly be going all out to win it
Key matchups in this game will be the five-eight position in which Lashan Wijesuriya takes on Royal captain Ovin Askey. The two stand-offs have been in sublime form for their teams and they will be hoping their forwards get a firm hold in their game, giving front foot ball to work with.
Another key matchup will be between the forward packs of both teams. Royal forwards lived up to expectation and even went past what was expected from them. On the other hand, Trinity forwards were nullified by the Peterites, resulting in a loss at Bambalapitiya.
Trinity will be without the likes of Reshane Madena due to illness while star centre Dilusha Dange is a doubtful starter due to injury.
Trinity are a different beast on their home paddock and the conditions at Pallekale are undoubtedly favourable for the home team. This will surely be the match to watch out for this weekend.
Predictions: Trinity to win by seven points.
The fight for third and fourth place will be decided upon the result of this game. Both teams coming in following losses last weekend and will be seeking to finish the season on a high and at their place.
Harith Bandara against Avishka Lee will be a battle to watch out for as both half backs will be seeking to get one over their opponent and even be eyeing a spot in the Sri Lanka junior team.
Sumudu Rankothge against Avantha Lee will be the other match up to keep a close eye on. Both came up on the losing side and will be seeking a win to round off a successful season.
Prediction: Isipathana to win by ten points
This encounter for the Archibald Perera trophy will be an important encounter for both teams as they seek to end the season on a good note.
St. Peter’s come in following a thumping win against Zahira while the Thomians come in following a defeat at the hands of St. Joseph’s. Thora started off on the wrong note last weekend and will be hoping to put that right this weekend.
Diyath Fernando against Dion Dias, the fullback matchup will be one to have an eye on in this game. Dion did not have the best of games last weekend against Joes and will look to up his performance this weekend.
The home team will be hoping Diyath Fernando is fit and firing on all cylinders for the final league game, while the return of Theekshana Dassanayake will be a massive boost for Peter’s.
Playing at home, the Peterites will come in as favourites against the Thomian outfit but if the Thomian line manages to get going, they could cause troubles for the Peterites.
Predictions: Peter’s win by six points.
The Josephians will be coming in with confidence following a good first half performance against Thora meanwhile the Zahira lads will be seeking to round off a sorry second round with a win in this Maradana derby, played at Welisara.
The matchup on the wing will be one looked forward to as Yuzraan Lantar takes on highest points scorer Sachith Silva. Both, try machines, have put their hands up for their teams throughout and will seek to round off their season will a flourish.
Both teams, with heavy forward packs will be hoping to get the slightest of advantages over their opponents and the team to do so will surely come out with the upper hand.
Playing at Welisara will bring about good memories for St. Joseph’s, the thumping of DS, but Zahira won’t be a walkover and we’ll be in for a good game of rugby.
Prediction: St. Joseph’s to win by ten or more points.