Trinity & Kingswood qualify from Kandy

Under 16 - Trinity & Kingswood Qualify

Trinity College and Kingswood College got their qualification tickets to the Under 16 15-a-side rugby tournament, emerging  as the best teams in the Kandy regional Under 16 tournament and will head over to the Colombo Racecourse for the final round of the cup championship.

The All Island leg of the Under 16’s is set to take place on the 24th, 25th, 28th of August followed by the final matches on the 1st of September at the Racecourse Ground Colombo.

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The Under 16 fifteen-a-side tournament was an initiative brought in by the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association for the upbringing of the junior rugby players and was scheduled to be held regionally to be later followed up by an All Island knockout competition.

The Colombo qualifiers saw five schools included in place of the initial four after one quarterfinal match ended in a draw after extra time.

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The two schools, Trinity and Kingswood had an easy regional tournament making their way to the Kandy semifinal.

Kingswood College was awarded walkovers by both their group stage opponents; Sri Chandananda College & Nugawela Central resulting in them making it to the semifinal without playing a single match.

Kingswood Under 16’s thrashed the St. Anthony’s team 45-0 to take the 1st qualifying berth.

The Kingswood Under 16's will be the favourites in the tournament having won the Super 7's U16 7's a month ago at Racecourse
The Kingswood Under 16’s will be the favourites in the tournament having won the Super 7’s U16 7’s a month ago at Racecourse

Meanwhile, Trinity College piled a mammoth 76 points against Vidyartha in the group stage and qualified for the semifinal after being awarded a walkover by the other team in their group.

Confronting Dharmaraja in the semifinal, the Trinity U16’s managed to secure a 15-0 win to get the second slot from Kandy for the All Island fifteen’s tournament.

Trinity & Kingswood will join D. S. Senanayake, Science, Lumbini, Isipathana & St. John’s College Nugegoda in the All Island Cup quarter-final draw with the eighth and final spot to be filled by a school from Galle.

In addition to the cup segment, the semifinalists from the Kandy leg, Dharmaraja and St. Anthony’s will also qualify to play for the All Island tournament in the bowl championship.