Kandy crush Police - 77/14
Police Sports Club did not know what hit them in the second half as a
fairly depleted Kandy Sports Club scored a massive 77 points (six goals,
seven tries) to 14 points (one try, three penalties) win in their Caltex
League Rugby tournament match played at Nittawela yesterday. At half
time Kandy SC led 22-14.
What a transformation of fortunes it turned out to be especially in
the second half.
With the Police putting pressure early in the match, a closely
contested game was expected. But what happened was a massacre against a
hapless Police side who appeared out of steam.
Almost with the kick off Police scored for left through flanker
Mohammed Akmal. Stand off Harshana failed to add the extra points, but
made amends four minutes later through a 35-metre penalty and the cops
were in command leading 8-0.
Kandy’s recovery first came through a peach of a try by scrum half
Roshan Weeraratne who sneaked through a fortified Police defence. Full
back Saliya Kumara failed to add the extra points. Kandy 5-8.
In the 15th minute, Kandy took the lead for the first time when prop
Kishore Jehan went over after the forwards had done the spade work.
Saliya Kumara failed to add the extra points. Kandy (10-8).
A 30-metre run by winger Sanjeewa Jayasinghe ended in a try near the
posts and full back Saliya Kumara added the extra points for Kandy to
extend their lead to 17-8.
But a 30-metre penalty fired by Police stand off Harshana Wijeweera
reduced the lead to 11-17.
Flanker Buddhi Talagampola who replaced acting Skipper Dilip Selvam
who was injured made his presence felt immediately when he scored off a
maul and this try went unconverted. Kandy led 22-11.
Another Harshana Wijeweera penalty for Police saw them reduce the
lead to 14-22 by the breather.
The stage was set for a bruising second half but that was never to be
as Kandy went on the rampage and amassed 48 points during the last 30
minutes of play while reducing the Police team to virtual bystanders.
Kandy scored five goals and four tries in the second half through
winger Sanjeewa Jayasinghe (3), full back Saliya Kumara (1), No 8 Sean
Wijesinghe (1), prop Erande Swarnatilleke (1), winger Mohamed Jaffar
(1), centre Chamara Withanage (1), centre Dharshana Ettipola (1).
Fly half Mohamed Sheriff goaled three tries and the other two tries
were converted by Saliya Kumara and Dharshana Ettipola.