Soon after D.S had a chance of reducing the deficit through a kick at goal but D.S lock forward Hasindu Hemasiri’s kick went astray and the score remained at 00-05 in Trinity’s favour. More heartbreak was in store for the Senanayakians when a pass was intercepted by Trinity center Sangasinghe, who offloaded the ball to Sheik, Sheik ran a brilliant line and created a hole for Shalindra Alahakoon to cross the white line; Abeywickrama was not successful with his second attempt at the posts and the score read 00-10 in Trinity’s favour. D.S were found wanting whenever the ball was kicked over their backs; spotting this shortcoming from the boys in black and gold, Rashane Bandaranayake, Trinity scrum half put in a grubber kick which was charged down and collected by Dilushka Dange who scored a deserving try. Thushlia Perera taking on the kicking duties was not successful with the conversion leaving the scoreboard at 0-15 in favour of Trinity. D.S Senanayake got another penalty under the post on the 22 meter mark but Captain Muzmi made a complete mockery out of the kick which ended up in the touchline. Adding insult to injury Shalindra Alahakoon of Trinity scored off a set piece and the kicking woes continued with Thushila came good on the conversion and at lemons the scores read 00-22 in Trinity’s favour.
The change in sides saw Trinity making a tactical change, bringing in Anuka Boyagoda as scrum half and soon after the restart Avishka Sheik, who had a great first half, was in action again running a beautiful inside line to create space for Sanushka Abeywickrama to score in the far flank; Thushila Perera was successful with the conversion (00-29) and that was the last contribution he made during the game as Lashan Wijesinghe replaced him soon after the kick. This half combination of Anuka & Lashan proved to be ideal for Trinity as they picked up momentum and looked a team with better intent on the attack.
As if starting the second half with a try against you was not enough, the Senanayakiyans were dealt another blow when referee Nimal sent Ruchira Weerakoon to the sin bin. Trinity Skipper Karunathilaka made a dash, making use of the extra numbers on the field and offloaded in Kobe Bryant fashion to send Sangasinghe racing for the corner flag to mark the 06th try of the game. Lashan was not successful with the kick at goal (00-34). Anjana Bandara Trinity Number 6 made a dashing run straight through the middle and created a gap for Ayesha Edirisinghe to get on to the score board for the second time in the game. Abeywickrama complied with the extras and the score read 00-41. The next 20 minutes saw Trinity getting comfortable with their pattern of play while D.S made plenty of mistakes out of frustration which resulted in Pasan Samarawickrama , Charith Nanayakkara , Kulatunga & Kaneesha Alwis getting on the score sheets with Lashan Wijesuriya succeeding in converting 2 attempts to get Trinity to a 00-65 victory in their first away outing,
Speaking exclusively to the Papare.com after the game Trinity coach Eric Miller said “we probably didn’t do as much as we wanted to do, it was disappointing start to the match and we know that won’t cut any muster in the coming few weeks so we will take a long hard look at ourselves on Friday when we come back together after the new year”. He also added “Obviously you can’t argue with the score line that we have put on, but unfortunately the reality of being the coach I have to take a cold hard look, against better teams if we don’t turn up in the first 20mins in fact in the first half and we won’t get away with that. Maybe a glass half empty view on things but that’s unfortunately what we have to take away from the game but the guys and I are pleased with the score line. We put really good phases together in the second half but a lot to learn on.”
It was tale of two halves for both schools as although D.S were down 22-00 at the end of the first half they were troubling the visitors by starving them of possession but failed to put points on the board and Trinity capitalized on the errors made by them. The second half saw Trinity coming into a rhythm with fresh energy pumped off the bench and D.S giving into scoreboard pressure.
Full time: D.S Senanayake Vs Trinity – 00-65
Try scoresrs for Trinity
Ayesha Edirisinghe (2)