Trinity College, using their shock 40-5 victory in last year’s second leg as a morale booster, are determined to spoil Royal’s unbeaten record when the two teams scrum down in the first leg of the 68th Bradby Shield rugby encounter at Royal College Sports Complex grounds this evening.
Fly half Arshad Jamaldeen will lead Royal and will face an acid test when they try to regain the Bradby Shield away from Murad Ramzeen’s lions.
Defending league champions Royal has lived up to expectations this season as the undisputed league champions, though four of their seven wins were by close margins.
Knowing that Royal has been stretched fully by teams such as Vidyartha, St.Joseph’s, Kingswood and St.Peter’s, the Lions are roaring to make Royal eat humble pie in their most important outing of the season.
The Royal-Trinity inter-school rugby series began way back in 1920, long before the coveted Bradby Shield was introduced in 1945 in honour of former Royal Principal E.L. Bradby.
Since then, it turned out to be a ‘two-leg’ affair - one in Kandy and the other in Colombo and the winner is declared on the overall aggregate of points in both the games.