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Isipathana-St. Peter’s the pick of the week

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Isipathana’s playmaker Omalka Gunaratne faces opposition from the pack of St. Joseph’s College at their last week’s match Isipathana’s playmaker Omalka Gunaratne faces opposition from the pack of St. Joseph’s College at their last week’s match

Unbeaten Isipathana will face another high hurdle in their quest to keep their image intact when they confront St. Peter’s College in what would be the pick of the inter-school rugby matches next week.

The match is scheduled to be played on April 24 (Friday) at Longden Place in Colombo that will bring back memories of last year when the Peterites held Isipathana to a pulsating 25-25 draw. It was the only match that Isipathana could not win.

Isipathana are not the formidable team they were last season but going by their current showing are capable of calling the shots once again as a strong force.

The Peterites too, like Isipathana, have lost some of their key players of last season and were severely jolted by arch rival St. Joseph’s College in their opening match which they lost 12-10.

But the defeat was also a nudging wake-up call which became evident in the following two games the Peterites played against Kingswood and Wesley both of whom they beat to remain in contention.

Kingswood and St. Joseph’s are the other two teams in the group along with the Peterites and Isipathana who are vying for the top slot.

Interestingly Isipathana and St. Joseph’s are yet to play against Kingswood which is now a vastly improved team and getting past them will be a big mountain to scale.

Kingswood is listed to confront St. Joseph’s on April 25 (Saturday) at Longden Place and Isipathana on May 10 at Nittawela.

In the other Group, Trinity and Royal are almost neck and neck in an unbeaten two-horse race for the top slot with little or no competition from the rest of the teams in the fray.

The two protagonists are down to confront each other at Pallekele on May 9.

Before that Royal will meet their traditional foe S. Thomas’ College on April 25 at Havelock Park while Trinity will be hosted by Science College on the same day at Mount Lavinia in matches they are expected to win.

Four of the six teams from each Group will qualify for the second round while the bottom two teams from the two Groups will play for the Plate.

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