Royal juniors remained unbeaten after a cliffhanger with Trinity


Royal College juniors managed to remain unbeaten in the division 1 segment A as they managed to edge out their arch rivals Trinity College 21 points to 19 amidst a packed Royal complex this evening. Coming into the game Royal had beaten the likes of Joes, Kingswood, Anthony’s and S. Thomas by quite a margin. However, Trinity came out all guns blazing today managing to hold onto the lead till the last minute where the Junior Royalists broke their hearts scoring an under the post try.

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Royal opened the scoring with less than a minute on the clock. After the Trinity fly-half didn’t find touch with his clearance kick, the ball was shifted from left to right where the Royal fly-half made the clean break, thanks to non-existent defending and some poor communication, before spinning the long pass out wide for the wing-three-quarter, who had an easy finish on the overlap which was converted to take an early 7-0 lead.

Royal minutes later scored a similar try spreading the ball wide and sucking in the defence for the left wing three-quarter to dash into the corner flag which was also converted to give Royal a lead of 14 points to nil going into half time.

Half time: Royal 14 (2T 2C) – 00 Trinity

The visitors continued to defy the odds, enjoying a huge percentage of possession and territory in the first half, yet could only muster one try for their efforts in the opening few minutes. However, Trinity hit back strong with two back to back tries to draw scores level at 14-all with most part of the second half yet to be played.

Normality resumed as the Royalists gradually began to reassert their control over the game using their lethal forwards to good use. However, against all odds Trinity scored piling up pressure on the Royal backs who had committed too much defenders on the breakdown and had an overlap out wide.

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Royal sealed the deal in the last minute, the fly half saw the space out wide and had the good sense to send the ball out-wide to his wings who finished off in style beneath the posts. The crucial conversion was put through as the referee Romario De Silva blew the long whistle with scores 21-19 in favour of the hosts Royal.

Royal received a walk-over in the U14 game as Trinity failed to field a team.

Full Time: Royal 21 (3T 3C) – 19 (3T 2C) Trinity