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June 8, 2008

I would say the best under-dog come back in the season. So much so that it deserves a post and an apology to the Reid Avenue boys for my lack of confidence in them. I believe the opposition’s over confidence played a part in the Peterites game, along with the lack of coordination shown by them from kick-off. Some how they didn’t look like what they were on paper. My guess is our boys read their game plan to the dot, and the play makers were definitely marked. This put them off.

What was good to see on our part was that the pack looked impressive even without the presence of Bilal. Although he was missed at some of the break-downs where you know he would have made something happen. Not for his brawns but his brains. There isn’t another player who reads the game and the opposition as well as he does on the field. It was nice to see more mid field tackles coming into play, rather than the sloppy let downs I’ve seen throughout the season.

However it must be mentioned that the gaps in the line are still wide open and are easily penetrable. In fact in the dying stages of the game, the gaps were hit by the Peterites like slicing through swiss cheese. However they lacked the legs to take them all the way. A stark difference from last years side where I remember that “taxi” chap who ran circles around us. Ofcourse one such Peterite still managed to cross over with exuberance in one of their moves at the end, but he was more or less helped once again by our sloppy defense on the line. I counted 4 missed tackles on that one player, and mind you he was no Lomu on the field. Just that our chaps just love to inspect the jersey material of the opposite no, rather than pull the bugger to the ground first time.

Dasan who was tipped to make a comeback after injury, rested him self for the Bradby it seems. That gave another opportunity for our blokes to try their hand at kicking. 2 penalties and 2 conversions gone a stray, the only attempt that found the middle of the posts was a conversion off a try under the posts. It’s a shame that we are unable to find a decent kicking substitute out of 7000 students.

Anyways… after last years massacre, i think it’s fair to say they have been put in their place. and out of the running for league champs too, incidently. The positives that we can take for Bradby are :

  • We go with 3 consecutive wins under our belt.
  • First leg is in our back-yard.
  • Hopefully Bilal and Das will be back with usual kicking boots.

Most importantly we seem to finally concentrating on getting the basics right. Good job coach. Now pls work with the line on getting those tackles in first time and cut the gaps.

So it’s just a wait and see. We’ll all know in one weeks time. My only regret is that I’m yet to see the mighty Lions in action this season, so I could predict whats in store for us. Going by what I’ve heard they have some hefty centers, a decent wing and good halves combination. Lets hope our 3rd row can spoil the ball for them, and keep most of the possession. Well done guys for blowing the petes off. Good luck for an even better performance against the would be league champs. Give it all you got! For ROYAL!!!

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2008 10:57 pm

    Woo hoo! Awsomeness! Too bad I couldn’t make it to watch the game. Grrrrrrrr.

  2. June 9, 2008 8:47 am

    Ya.. whats with the leg?

  3. June 9, 2008 9:34 am

    BB injury. Growing old man. Sigh.

  4. Rajeewa permalink
    June 9, 2008 9:42 am

    It must be said that Bilal wasn’t picked in this game b’cos he missed the practices(May be due to water polo).This goes on to show the emphasis placed on the team discipline. It was so easy for the team hierarchy including CP the coach to have been overwhelmed with his reputation.

    Discipline is the single most important factor Royal is made up of. Some past Principals and Administrators have overlooked this key aspect and the college had to suffer.

    Also, the absence of Bilal gave other players a chance to take up the responsibility and do what is expected of them.

    Important thing is not to get carried away with this win.

    Also one point must be made about people who try to project this as the most shocking result ever…
    Com on..we had beaten St.Peters 15 years consecutively before we lost to an extraordinary peterite team last year in a post Bradby game. What is so shocking about that
    .

  5. June 9, 2008 10:06 am

    Well actually he had a Waterpolo game the very same day. Since it was the finals, and as playing captain and as not an every day occurrence that Royal show up in finals I’m with him on the decision to chose the Waterpolo match over the Peters game. As long he’s there for the Bradby.

    Well, this is not the most shocking result ever. But a good enough shocker for the Peterites. That is my point here, and a good come back to wipe the bad memories of last year.

  6. June 9, 2008 10:28 am

    Aney really wanted to come for the match men. Unfortunately rehearsals have kept me away from most of the season this year. Sigh.

  7. diGa permalink
    June 9, 2008 10:30 am

    Unfortunately this was my first game of the season, so I cant really compare this with any other performance.

    Overall I was quite happy with the way royal played their game. Except perhaps that last try royal conceded where everyone was caught napping. Strange that we didn’t see the same amount of intensity from the beginning from the peterites who on paper seemed to be miles ahead of royal…

    The pack was impressive even without bilal. The line was alright. It was good to see the tacklers going low and hard most of the time and forcing the peterites into mistakes. I completely agree that there were huge gaps in the line but the cover defense came through and it didn’t cost us that much. All in all it was a great game to watch and a good chance to clear the throat and get it ready for the bradby!!!

    I shall not utter a single word about our place kicking!!! @$%&^*$%

  8. rana permalink
    June 9, 2008 10:38 am

    I thought Dhason is the one who took the field as stand off. whoever it is the stand off is a great talent as a playmaker although I am not too sure about his kicking talents. he is the one who initiate the move off the kick off we almost scored and he did iniate the last try as well.

  9. June 9, 2008 11:13 am

    Unless he came in for a brief moment Das aka Naren Dhason definitely didn’t take part in the kicking. It was shared among 3 other chaps I think. Among which I identified as Attygala and Chandrasekara (who was the only lucky chap).

    I also was impressed by the kicking prowess shown by Weerakody from Peters who chose Drop Kick the conversion, specially when it was wide of the post. It some how puzzles me, with such a pair of boots how come them didn’t resort to damage control by adding more points on the board in similar fashion, the few times they came up the park. Something to ponder…

  10. Rajeewa permalink
    June 9, 2008 11:58 am

    Naren played the entire game,but he didn’t take any convertions.Probably his leg is not healed as yet.
    Chandrasekara didn’t play I guess.(Is he the Flanker)

  11. Kasun Herath permalink
    June 9, 2008 12:05 pm

    phew what a rugby season we had this year. unlike the previous year where peterites just ran away.

    As for the league champs i would place my bet on kingswoodians.

    Best of luck for the Bradby.

  12. podi putha permalink
    June 9, 2008 12:55 pm

    one newspaper said ‘Chandrasegar’ did the final conversion (the one that was successful)

    Chandrasekara (or is he Chandrasegar?) is a full-back. He didnt play for the Antho game. His replacement did quite well so they continued with him in this match too. Later they subbed him with Chandrasekara

    All this i read from newspapers (didnt see the match)

  13. June 9, 2008 9:48 pm

    Rajeewa, if I’m not mistaken last year was not the season that the winning streak against Peters was broken. We did lose to them a few years ago?

  14. June 10, 2008 2:40 pm

    Chandrasekara came in for Mushin (Full back) I think who also fluffed a chance kicking at goal.

    Apologies abt Dhas, my friend says he played the whole match. So I hope he’s able to do a bit of kicking by next week.

    Rajeewa is right. Till last year we hadn’t gone down to perters for a good 16 (or 14) years. Even during the time of the greats from peters, when they emerged league champs, they still lost to us. 🙂

  15. podi putha permalink
    June 10, 2008 7:50 pm

    didnt we lose to Peters in 2005, that horrible year?

  16. June 10, 2008 8:50 pm

    I doubt it. Peters was among the handful we managed to scrape through. I’ll dig out my old souvenirs and double check though.

  17. podi putha permalink
    June 11, 2008 5:25 am

    Lost to them 11-8 in 2005
    http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2005/9/3419.html

  18. June 11, 2008 2:40 pm

    Oh well atleast I was right abt the 14 year part. 🙂 Thank you sir, always a pleasure to be enlightened. After all, I’m not in the ranks of S. S. Perera or even M. L. Fernando when it comes to statistics. 😀

  19. podi putha permalink
    June 11, 2008 4:12 pm

    sorry for making it sound like what it sounded like 🙂

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