By Milinda Gunawardena
Trinity made an excellent come back to the league tournament after a distressful loss to the less fancied Science College last week with a convincing 38-10 win over St. Joseph’s college at Longden Place on Friday.
The Lads from the Hills stamped their authority right from the word go when five minutes into the game their inside centre three quarter Kanil Senaviratne broke through the middle to score the first try for the Trinitians. The ever reliable place kicker Sanchana Shiek comfortably converted the try to give the Trinitians the lead.
A few minutes later St.Josephs reduced the deficit through a 22m penalty put over by their full back Dilip Rehan.
The Trinitians launched their second successful attack through Sheshan Mohammed when the three quarters worked the ball for the man in the corner who touched down closer to the post making the conversion easier for their Fly Half and deputy skipper Rehan Weerakon who took over the kicking duties when Sheik the regular place kicker for Trinity had to leave the field with a minor concussion. At this stage the score read 14-3 and the Trinitians extended their lead before the short whistle when Kanil Seniviratne scored his second try which was converted by Weerakoon to make the score 21-3 at the breather. Nothing could go wrong for the Trinitians in the second half as they continued the display of fast open rugby although a few mistakes would have cost them a try or two. Nevertheless the boys from Darley road weren’t ready to give anything up as they gave a few scares to the Trinitians with some individual brilliance especially through their Scrum Half and playmaker Peum Jayasinghe.
It wasn’t long before the Trinitians crossed the try line yet again when wing three quarter Sheshan Mohammed went over by the left corner flag. Weerakoon failed to add the extra points.
The Josephians were then awarded a penalty try as the Trinity No: 8 Sean Foster was penalised for an offence on their own 5m line. Dilip Rehan successfully converted for the Josephians. The score was 26-10 at this point in time and the disorganized Josephians paid the price when Kanil Seniviratne crossed over for the third occasion as he managed to grab hold of a loose ball which was spilt by the Josephians.
The game was quickly getting away from the Josephians as the scores read 31-10 with the clock ticking fast. St Joseph’s seemed to have lost their sense of direction evident that they dearly missed the services of their skipper Malinth Soyza who is unfortunately been ruled out for the rest of the season due to an injury. The Trinitians scored the last of their tries when Prop Forward Kevin Bandara picked a gap to score a try which was off a quick tap taken in the 22m line by the nippy scrum half Somasiri. After the shock defeat of last week the Trinitians were right back on track and are still considered top contenders for the league throne. Centre three quarter Kanil Seniviratne and Sheshan Mohammed were outstanding while Fly Half Weerakoon was right on target with his tactical kicking. Peum Jayasinghe impressed for the losing team. The Referee for the game was D.Nimal