CR struggle to beat Air Force
RUGBY:The star studded CR and FC went through several anxious
moments before overcoming a gallant Air Force outfit by 23 points to 10
at Ratmalana on Friday.
CR’s power-packed forwards Pavithra Fernando, Dharmatilleke, Boteju,
Terrance, Karthelis and Gayan Fernando were given a torrid time by the
Air Force ‘eight’ with Saumya Silva, Kosala Ranasinghe, Soysa, Vithanage,
Sirej Niranga and skipper Kurukulasuriya playing like terriers to match
upto their famed counterparts in the loose.
The Red Shirts had a large share of possession from the line outs
with Dharmatilleke and Gayan Fernando towering above the rest while the
set scrums were shared between Air Force’s Vithanage and CR’s new hooker
CR’s three quarters too could not make much headway as their star
centres Mohamed Sheriff and Lasintha de Costa were at the receiving end
of some fierce tackling by their opposite numbers Rushika Fernando and
Charith Seneviratne which resulted in the two wingers Radhika
Hettiarachchi and Nuwan Chamara being kept in cold storage, Rohan
Fernando who manned the last line of defence for Air Force had a grand
He relieved pressure on several occasions with his booming kicks to
touch and also joined the line to form the overlap and made some daring
runs before he was brought down in the nick of time by the CR defenders.
He capped a fine performance by scoring his team’s only try late in the
CH - Police
CH and FC cruised to victory against Police on Sunday at Police Park
with the policemen surrendering meekly.
The lads from Maitland Crescent could have won this game by a much
bigger margin if not for poor ball handling by their three quarters and
good spoiling work by the policemen.
CH had a major share of possession with young Achala Perera striking
a shade faster than his vis-a-vis Chaminda Silva in the set scrums while
the trio of Malewana, Sanjeewa and Ruwantillake had the edge over
Police’s Wilson and Arachchige in the line outs.
But the CH three quarters failed to make use of the good ball that
came their way as they either spilled passes at crucial moments or were
tackled in possession by their opposite numbers. Even the sturdily built
Fijian centre Jimmy Bolakoro failed to impress although making a few
Police’s fly half Harshana Wijeweera squandered the possession which
came their way by kicking ahead aimlessly preventing hard running centre
Nilusha Fernando and that powerful runner winger Hasith Niranga from
testing the CH defence which looked vulnerable in their previous outing
against Air Force.
Havelocks Sports Club made amends for their defeat at the hands of
Police with a morale-boosting 48-nil win over Old Zahirians at Longden
Place on Sunday.
The park clubs three quarters with their new halves combination
hitting it off smoothly made maximum use of the ‘good ball’ which came
their way by running the ball at every opportunity and scored six out of
the eight tries with full back Anuskka Hasaranga converting four tries.
Defending champions Kandy Sports Club ran riot at Nittawela on Sunday
to beat the Sri Lanka Army by the staggering margin of 66 points to 3.
Sri Lanka skipper Sanjeeva Jayasinghe scored three scintillating
tries with his power-packed runs down the flank while No. 8 Dushanth
Lewke and centre Pradeep Liyanage scored two tries each with the lads
from Kandy crossing the opponents goal line on 10 occasions.
Full back Nalaka Weerakkody who had a grand game contributed 14
points by converting four tries and putting over a penalty and a drop
goal before leaving the field late in the second half.