The season so far
An early exit in the quarterfinals of the sevens championship would have let down the spirits of the Science lads but a win in the Under 18 Sevens tournament was a consolation for the team. This was the second occasion that Science won the under 18 title and it gives indications as to the young talent in store at the school.
Nirosh Udayangana to lead Science
Fifth year player and the heavily built Nirosh Udayanga takes control of the Science College lads this season. Filling the shoes of his predecessor will be a difficult task but with his experience, Udayanga hopes that he will be able to play the role that Lasindu Ishan played. Playing at center, with his height and weight, he will be a threat in the Science attacking line.
Players to watch
The Science lads have always been fast movers and their game plan is to make use of their speed. The Maduranga brothers have been the bolstering force behind the Science line and the senior Maduranga will take his spot alongside skipper Udayanga as second center.
19-year-old Thanuja Maduranga was Science’s moving force last season with his sprinting runs and with his kicking. He will continue to be Science’s 1st choice when it comes to kicking. Alongside Thanuja will be his younger sibling, who will take his position as Wing, and will look at getting the important points for his team this season.
The Science forwards will be led by the fifth year player and flanker Udesh Madushanka who will add in the extra force for the Science forwards. Aiding him will be Charith Janitha. The Science lads saw a makeover in their forwards last season with the inclusion of Lasindu Ishan and they would look to keep up the standards from last year.
There wouldn’t be anyone who would know the Science College boys better than Amila Chaturanga. The departure of Collin Denish after a successful stint last season will be a letdown, but with the good old mentor still in the camp, Science cannot ask for anyone better. Former Kingswoodian and national coach Ronnie Ibrahim will take up a consultant role for the team and together Science will have a strong coaching unit in place.
In conclusion, Science College have compiled for themselves a young, fast moving outfit for the 2016 season and after their triumph last season, they will look to embark on a new era of dominance.