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Clinical performance and Dark Horses

I wanted to write about Royal vs St' Joseph's game before this. But had butterflies in my stomach preventing it. Honestly thought if Joes to win it would be by very small margin and for Royal were to win by much bigger margin.
Game ended with just 5 points difference. I believe score line does not tell the exact story how Royal dominated the game. You might not agree with me , but if you want to verify just watch the replay.

It was a great game of rugby where simply showed why schools rugby is way ahead of club rugby in the country. Both sides played really well. Only unfortunate thing was referee Dinka Peries had a very bad day. Lets not talk about it since nothing will change from that.

Coming back to the game I really like the way current and recent past Royal teams are playing. They know exactly what to do. What opposition will throw at them. They absorb pressure like sponge. Other teams should thank the game is only 70 minutes this year. Those 10 extra minutes would have…
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Sri Lanka Cricket: Never learns , too arrogant

Its a harsh word to say , but I have been keep saying this. " We deserve to loose games" . No matter how you can live in glorified past, it does not resolve your current issues.

Against South Africa, knowing Angelo Mathews is not available we still opted to play just 3 bowlers and bits and pieces spinner plus Asela Gunarathna. Result was evident. Asela and Prasanna combined to give away 136 runs for no pressure at all. Then Imran Thahir ran through our middle order like knife through butter.

Sri Lanka took Lakshan Sandakan on tour saying that he will be the X factor blah, blah. When Oval pitch was not clearly a run fest , they went ahead with Prasanna and what was the result? You all know.

We know we don't have bowler capable of taking wickets in the middle overs. So then play the bowler who you believed to do that for you.

I am not surprised if we bring Thisara at number 8 tomorrow, who is neither bowler or batsman. We are a stupid to that level who are not respecting …

Double blues halted

On a perfect Saturday evening Royal managed to break hearts of double blues at their home. A game that promised to be a thriller stayed as it is providing spectators worth of their money.

Coming in to this penultimate week Trinity, Isipathana, Royal and Wesley were in the title race. I honestly thought Wesley were true contenders to the title this season amid their early season drubbing in the hands of Trinity and the drama that followed.

My opinion was both Royal and Wesley were neck to neck while Royal had a slight advantage. There were two major reasons for that. First one is Royal were playing at home and second is they are a 80 minute team.

If you followed Royal through out the season , they managed to hang on playing full 80 minutes. As rugby pundits suspected it seemed like Wesley did not have the enough gas to last entire 80 minutes.

Wesley started with a bang. As they promised they came with all guns firing, creeping mistakes in to Royal camp. Royal's golden boy of the s…

Prize Royal failed to grab

Woke up early at 4 AM here to watch what I thought would be a regular prize to grab, but end of the day proved otherwise. Evergreen Pathana boys once again  proved that they are not going to go down with out a fight. In-fact they won the war.

Last week I commented on Royal rugby page saying that if we ( Royal) play basic rugby that we know, we should win the game. But day ended in disappointing manner leaving me wondering what Royal were trying to do.

There were two tries scored of ill passes , most noticeably the last try scored by Sumudu Rankothge which sealed the deal for Pathana. I am sure Sumudu scored much hard working tries to win games , but would take this piece of cake with out thinking twice on any given day.

If you watched those two tries scored by Pathana, they were result of Royal trying to spread the ball wide in side  their own 22 leading to fatal mistakes. Royal from the beginning looked to me like did not understood the equation properly. Only small passage in latte…

Were we not good enough? Afghan game review

Finally we won a game. As I saw on social media and on many one to one chats , many were not that much pleased. There were talk about three missed boundaries given away by Afghans and etc..  But I would say we need to appreciate the victory and look forward.

By all means it is a very good victory. Afghans are by no means are minnows now specially when it comes to T20 cricket. The gap can be minimum between full member side and minnow side in T20 simply because minnows has to concentrate only for 40 overs rather that 100 overs or longer version of the game. Even in life you can't judge a person by short period of time right? So guys we need to cut some slack for our boys.

The victory is a very good one. Why I say that is we didn't look rattled like in UAE game in asia cup. We played the cricket the way we used to play except for Malinga yokers. Batting after some time looked pretty good , Angelo finally looked like hitting his form even with the late end cameo which is good.


Should Thisara play at all?

it's not the best time to be Sri Lankan fan but then again it's the time you have to face reality. We are not doing good , honestly worse. So will write up my share just to let the frustration out.

We are used to be a side who always flying under the radar and punch above their weight. Seems like its not going to happen any more. Today is the our first game against Afghans which by any means not going to be easy. They are a confident unit and smell the blood of wounded loin. So why not finish it off.

More interestingly the match is between #8 and #9 ranked sides and if we can win this it should be enough for me. I expect nothing more at this stage. We  have been bashing, cursing and bringing up various opinions on social media. At least that is all we have lefts to do.

There are many reasons for our failing as they say and you can find even more. There are few things that comes to my mind.

We do not respect basic rules of the game 

Cricket or any other sport today has grown g…

Whats the wrong with Kandy?????

If you are a Kandy fan, it is not the best times of the year. Kandy going down once again for the second successive year. Losing battles upfront and most worryingly at their fortress. Many things looks like happening around Kandy rugby these days. They sacked their coach. Rumors say that players were not happy with the coach etc. so are the days over for Kandy dominance?
I think Kandy going through a rough patch. Other teams have caught up with them or some can say their level of playing has deteriorated over time. Why everybody talk about Kandy this much? Trust me, its not only Kandy fans. Other rugby followers are talking about Kandy's dip in form as well. Simple reason for it would be the fact that Kandy was the team kept local club rugby kept going. It was a one horse race for sure, but still they were the only team to watch, if you wanted some quality rugby in display. That may come too harsh for other teams (I am a CR fan). At times truth is bitter :) .
The main rea…