A spectacular 45 metre last minute penalty by ex-Science College skipper cum full back Prince Chamara helped CR and FC to come from behind and beat Navy SC 27-25 in Welisara last Saturday. Winners were trailing 17-14 at the breather. CR were sans several of their key players due to injuries for this game.
The CR forwards gave off a scintillating display under the leadership of skipper and national player Ishan Noor once again. For CR, former Josephian skipper cum flanker Thariq Saleih had an outstanding game where he scored two tries while fly half Ashan de Costa scored the other try. While full back Prince Chamara had an excellent day with the boot putting over conversions and penalties with ease.
Navy full back Thilina Weerasinghe had a brilliant game scoring twenty points for the sailors. His contribution came by the way of tries, conversions and penalties. Their three quarters excelled in both attack and defence and helped in gaining territory and applying pressure on the CR backs.
The gallant Navy side, despite losing, shocked the entire crowd, including CR fans with their fierce tackling and dazzling runs. Second row forward Jason Dissanayaka, flanker Saleih along with number eight Arun Kumar, Lahiru Pavithra and Shane Sambandapperuma played a tremendous game to help CR pull out a win from the jaws of defeat.
Kandy thrash SLAF
Kandy Sports Club who got their act together from the word go and ran riot in their match against a hapless Air Force side. Kandy finished off with a thumping 64-16 victory after leading 31-9 at the breather. Kandy got their momentum going from the very first minute. Their three quarters were the pick in this match.
National skipper Fazil Marija was in scintillating form with his forceful runs. He was the man to watch, but the Nittawela Club’s victory celebration was cut short due to the serious back injury (Slipped disk) suffered by Marija. Informed sources state the player could be out for the rest of the season.
Havies win 39-18
Havelock SC made a superb second half rally to beat a fighting Army SC 39-18 at Havelock Park. Havies were led brilliantly by their skipper and winger Sandun Herath. Havies forwards won lots of possession for their speedy three quarter line to do the scoring. Army gave off their very best in the first half by counter attacking the Havies’ moves, but lack of continuity in the second half saw them finish as losers. Centre Hirantha Perera played an outstanding game for Havelocks.
Police sweat against CH
Police managed to cruise through to a 29-17 win against CH&FC, a much improved outfit at present. For Police it was a combination of their forwards and three quarters which enabled them to win. Those who were outstanding for Police were Bilal Hassen, Gamunu Chethiya, Chula Susantha, Shawkat Laheer and flanker, Joel Perera. Full back Rizah Mubarak was on target with his goal kicking for Police.