It was a beautiful sunny day for Rugby at the CR&FC grounds in Colombo as S.Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia hosted Trinity College, Kandy for the Singer Schools League fixture and the Canon R.S De Saram Trophy. However, before the seniors went head to head, the junior matches were played between the Under 16’s and Under 18’s.
The day’s proceedings started with the under 16’s kicking off their fixture. On paper the Trinitian team looked far superior to the Thomian team. The Trinity College side dominated the first half proceedings with hard tackles in defence and powerful running in offense. Playing like a team with a plan, Trinity College was able to score 2 converted tries in the first half and made sure the Thomian score board did not tick at lemons.
Halftime TCK 14 – 00 STC
With the beginning of the second half the Thomian outfit looked rejuvenated and ready to pull the bull by the horns as the number 8 of the Thomian side was able to make a scintillating run on the right flank brushing off 4 defenders to score under the post. However, that was the only moment the Thomians had to celebrate as the Trinitians scored 2 more converted tries in the second half.
Fulltime TCK 28 – 07 STC
The under 18’s took to the field next with the intention of taking back the N.S. Walter Trophy back to Kandy. Feeling confident in the wake of the under 16 team achieving a win the young lions were determined to go all guns blazing. The Thomian side looking to keep the trophy at the school by the sea seemed to be a little flustered when the kick off was made. The young lions made a few bone crunching tackles that could be felt in the stands quite seemingly making a psychological impact in the minds of the young Thomians who were trying their best to avoid getting tackled. With that been said the game was evenly poised midway to the 1st half when the Thomians drew first blood by kicking over a penalty. However, with just a few seconds left in the first half the Trinitians were able to score a try but were not able to convert it making it a close game and everything to play for in the second half.
Halftime TCK 05 – 03 STC
After lemons the game completely flipped it’s pace as the boys from Kandy ran riot around the Thomian defence who looked hapless against a team that completely looked different comparing to the first half. The Trinity team not looking to kick away possession, kept ball in hand and ran at the Thomian defence. 5 minutes into the second half, the hot weather took its toll on the boys resulting in many mistakes by the Thomians. Running in 4 more converted tries to a solitary penalty by the Thomians, Trinity College, Kandy regained the N.S. Walter Trophy.
Fulltime TCK 31 – 05 STC