CR&FC, once the glamour boys of local rugby, gave one of their best performances in the ongoing Dialog League Rugby Tournament by thrashing a helpless CH and FC outfit 66-11 on their home grounds at Longden Place last Saturday. Despite the absence of several key players, missing due to injuries, the CR forwards gave off a scintillating display under the leadership of skipper and National second row forward Ishan Noor. Their three quarters excelled in both attack and defence, gaining abundance of territory which helped them put the entire CH three quarters under pressure.
For CR the man who was behind this win was their reliable full back Prince Chamara. He stole the limelight by scoring a couple of tries and excelled with his place kicking. Centres Banuka Nanayakkara, Kanchana Ramanayaka, fly halves Ashan de Costa, Tharinda Ratwatte, scrum halves Dilan de Zoysa, Kavindu de Costa and wingers Mekalanka Praboda, Kavindu Perera and Sashan Mohamad also excelled. Flankers Jason Dissanayaka and Sasanka Ariyarathna along with number eight Arun Kumar, hooker Lahiru Pavithra, flanker Thariq Saleih and prop Shane Sambandapperuma played a tremendous game.
Kandy beat Police 44-17
Kandy Sports Club produced seven tries on their way to a smashing 44 points to 17 victory over the somewhat out of sought Police SC side in another game played last week. National skipper Fazil Marija could not turn out for this game due to a back injury. Kandy’s three quarter line played a scintillating game with Nigel Ratwatte playing his heart out at the fly half’s position.
Navy hold Havies to a 20-all draw
Navy SC playing without their mentor and leader Yoshitha Rajapaksa gave an outstanding display in the team’s match against Havelock SC. The ‘Sailors’ made a superb second half rally to hold the formidable Havies side to a draw in this match played under lights at Havelock Park. The player who stood out in this win for Navy was full back Thilina Weerasinghe who scored a try and booted through a couple of penalties.
The Navy forwards were led by former national under-20 skipper cum number eight Omalka Gunarathna. Havelocks gave off their very best by counter attacking the Navy outfit, but lacked continuity to score at the most crucial junctures of the game, therefore losing advantage in the end. Centre Nishon Perera stood out by creating the opportunities for Havies.
One should comment on the floodlights failing at regular intervals during the match. This hindered the momentum of the game. This is not the first occasion where the floodlights failed to function at the Park ground.
Havelocks should not undertake the responsibility of hosting matches under lights if they can’t maintain standards. Hence the best thing for them to do is to play all their future home rugby matches in broad daylight and not waste valuable time of spectators.
Army edge out Air Force 26-17
A gallant Army SC side cruised through to a 24-17 win against the fighting Air Force SC side at Ratmalana. For Army, it was a combination of their forwards and three quarters which brought them victory. Ariyapala brothers and full back Gayan Salinda stood tall for Army.