Kandy SC fight-back to beat Police 29-11
A superb second half rally enabled Kandy Sports Club to beat a
gallant Police outfit by 29 points (three goals, one try and one
penalty) to 11 (one try, one drop goal, one penalty) in their Caltex ‘A’
Division League rugby match played at Police Park yesterday after
trailing 5-11 at the breather.
The Police forwards came up with a sterling display to match up to
the power-packed Kandy ‘eight’ in the loose. Nishantha Welagedera,
Pradeep Wilson, Nalin Archarige, Asela Vithana, Gonawela and skipper
Nilusha Fernando gave Kandy’s Jeewa Galgamuwa, Anuraga Walpola, Sumedha
Jayasinghe, Imran Bisthamin, Dilip Selvam and Sean Wijesinghe, a torrid
time in the loose. The policemen also won a large share of possession
from the line outs with Wilson, Vithana and Archarige having the edge
over Kandy’s Sumedha Jayasinghe and Bisthamin while in the set scrums
Kandy’s Walpola got the better of his vis-a-vis Gamage.
The famed Kandy three quarters were also kept in close check by the
Police ‘threes’ which some resolute tackling which saw Kandy SC crossing
Police’s goal line only on one occasion in the first half.
Kandy SC opened scoring in the 5th minute when winger Sanjeeva
Jayasinghe scored mid right off a three quarter move. Saliya Kumara
missed the conversion. In the 17th minute, Police centre Harshana
Wijeweera dropped a peach of a goal from 40 metres out and two minutes
later they snatched the lead when centre Chula Susantha made a break in
the Kandy ‘40’ and slung out a pass to winger Surath Randima who sped
over 20 metres to fall over for an unconverted try by the right corner
flag (Police 8-5).
In the 34th minute Harshana Wijeweera fired across a 35 metre penalty
to give Police a 11-5 lead at ‘lemons’.
In the 20th minute of the second half Kandy SC reduced the deficit
when Saliya Kumara put over a 30 metre penalty. Ten minutes later the
ball came Kandy’s way off a maul in the Police ‘25’ and scrum half
Saliya Kumara slung out a pass to winger Sanjeeva Jayasinghe who dashed
through to score by the right corner flag. Saliya Kumara made a
spectacular conversion to make it 15-11 in Kandy’s favour.
In the 31st minute of the second half Kandy’s prop forward Eranga
Swarnatilleke picked up a loose ball and crashed through for a try mid
right. Saliya Kumara added the extra points and Kandy led 22-11.
Two minutes before the final whistle Kandy’s centre Sajith
Mallikarachchi kicked ahead and co-centre Pradeep Liyanage who followed
it, collected the ball and slung out a pass to winger Sanjeeva
Jayasinghe who dashed through 30 metres, crossed Police’s goal line and
ran round to score under the posts - his third try of the match, to give
Radhika Hettiarachchi an easy kick at goal and Kandy ran out winners by
29 points to 11.
Referee: Aruna Jayasekera.