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CR and FC in hard fought win over Air Force

CR and FC launched their campaign for the Caltex ‘A’ division league title with a hard fought 26 points to nil victory over Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club in their SLRFU inter club first round rugby encounter worked off at Ratmalana yesterday.

The lads from Longden Place recovered well following a shaky start and went on to seal the game while collecting their points from three goals and one try after having built up a close seven nil lead at half time.

Even then CR and FC were made to work hard for their four tries and looked rather disorganized while making their first appearance of the tournament. Not that they were under pressure at any stage of the game but the fact was they just could not capitalize on their opponents mistakes.

CR and FC would have certainly had hopes of pulling off the game by a much bigger margin but their plans were shattered due to some excellent spoiling work by the Airmen. In fact the home side were able to keep their goal line uncrossed almost until half time before Ashan Karthelis eventually broke the deadlock two minutes from the short whistle.

The dynamic second row forward decided to join the line after a terrific loose maul and another successful line out before falling over under the post. Scrum half Suriyabandara added the extra points and CR and FC led seven nil at half time.

The visitors continued with the same pattern of play in the second half too where they preferred to launch their attacks through the forwards. However their game plan became almost predictable sometimes that the Airmen were able to counter attack even from their own territory.

However CR and FC were never in danger of conceding a try because the Air Force three quarters wasted a lot of good ball through some aimless kicking.

Instead of finding touch for territorial advantage they simply repeated the same mistake thus losing valuable possession at vital stages of the game.

CR and FC increased their lead while scoring their second try in the 15th minute of the second half. This time it was centre Chamara Vithanage who pierced through the Air Force SC defence to touch down under the post.

The try was a result of a series of sweeping three quarter moves where the back division held their nerves together before scoring under tremendous pressure. Full back Dev Anand added the extra points and CR and FC were well on their way to a convincing victory.

However their hopes of launching a final assault in search of a big victory was completely shattered with the Airmen putting up a solid defence during the last ten minutes of play. As a result CR and FC managed to score just a couple of tries through Ashan de Costa and prop forward Terrence Henrey with Dave Anand converting the third try.


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