CR&FC came from behind (6-10) to beat Army SC 19 -13 at Army grounds in Diyagama last Saturday. Despite without several of their key players due to injuries, the CR forwards gave off a scintillating display under the leadership of national player Ishan Noor once again.
Their three quarters excelled in both attack and defence gaining territory in abundance. Their moves put the Army three quarters under tremendous pressure. For CR centre Kanchana Ramanayaka, fly half Ashan De Costa and winger Mekalanka Praboda, who stopped a certain last minute try by the Army winger, played their very best and saved the day for CR.
The gallant Army side, despite losing the match, shocked the entire crowd. They were up to the task with their fierce tackling and dazzling runs down the flank. Flankers Jason Dissanayake and Sasanka Ariyarathna along with number eight Arun Kumar, Lahiru Pavithra and Shane Sambandapperuma played a tremendous game contributed immensely towards CR winning this crucial match in the end.
Kandy thrash CH 78-13
Kandy Sports Club, who got their act together from the word go, ran riot against the hapless CH side and scored a thumping 78 points to 13 victory. The winners led 41-3 at half time.
Kandy got their momentum going from the very first minute and gave nothing but their very best. Their three quarters were the pick of the lot and dazzled throughout the 80 minutes of rugby. National skipper Fazil Marija played an outstanding game and exposed the weaknesses of the CH three quarter line during the match.
Havies win 38-5
Havelock SC made a superb second half rally to beat the fighting Air Force SC team by 38-5 on Saturday at Air Force grounds in Ratmalana. Havies were led brilliantly by their skipper and winger Sadun Herath again. Havies forwards won lots of position through their speedy three quarter line which helped the team to score at will.
The gallant Air Force side, who gave off their very best by counter attacking, lacked continuity in their moves which was required to turn their efforts into points. This shortcoming was highlighted in the most crucial junctures of the game. Full back Nuwan Perera stood out by creating the opportunities for Air Force with his booming kicks to touch and safe collections. He joined the Havies ‘threes’ and formed the overlap on many occasions, but lacked support.
Police edge out Navy 16-11
The law enforcement officers cruised through to a close 16-11 win against Navy SC after leading 10-6 at half time. For Police it was a combination of their forwards and three quarters which enable them to create this win. In the end they ran out worthy winners.
The men who created this brilliant victory for the Cops were their number eight Joel Perera and full back Riza Mubarak, who pierced through Navy defence many a time throughout the entire match. Full back Riza Mubarak found the target with his boot firing some terrific conversions to add more points to the Police score.