The competitive nature of the Inter-club League Rugby Tournament surfaced last week as CR & FC almost beat the defending champions Kandy SC. Many say CR should have won this game and yes they deserved to after taking the fight on to the home team at Nittawela in Kandy.
When the visitors were about to take the lead in the last few minutes of the game, horrible refereeing prevented it. Many felt it was the questionable refereeing during the match which deprived CR of a possible victory.
Die-hard rugby fans flocked to the ground two hours before the kick-off. Kandy were given a run for their money as CR finally performed to their true potential. Both teams battled it out head to head right from the word go.
Kandy held a slender three point lead at half time where the scores remained at 10-7. However the experienced Kandy team held their nerve till the final whistle to keep the final score in their favour and win 15-12. Kandy scored through fly half Nigel Ratwatte and hooker Damith Dissanayaka while the former converted his own try and fired across a penalty.
CR scored through their hard working number eight Arun Kumar and replacement scrum half Dilan de Zoysa. The solitary conversion came off the boot of Kanchana Ramanayaka.
Although Kandy were leading 15-7 and looked to have taken the game away from the Londgen Place boys, CR had other ideas and came back strongly. The try that came off the efforts of scrum half Dilan de Zoysa helped his team narrow the gap to 15-12, but the referee’s blunders chocked CR. The gallant CR side, despite losing, showed everybody present that they were second to none when it came to tackling and taking the ball forward. Referee Irshad Cader had a terrible day with the whistle.
SLAF beat CH 26-15
After their loss to Navy last week, the Airmen came back strongly mid way into the first half to beat the fighting CH&FC 26-15 at Royal Sports Complex at Reid Avenue.
The winners led 15-5 at the breather. Air Force forwards won a lot of possession for their speedy three quarter line to do the scoring. The gallant CH outfit counter attacked but lacked continuity to score during important junctures of the game.
Navy beat Army in thriller
Navy Sports Club without their leader Yoshitha Rajapaksha created the biggest upset by defeating the fighting Army side narrowly 32-30 at Army grounds in Diyagama.
For Navy centre Lee Keegall, scrum half Suranga Pushpakumara, number eight Omalka Gunarathna, captain Danushka “ Gertha “ Perera, hooker Dulanjana Wijesinghe, full back Thilina Weerasinghe and centre Kosala Thisera played splendidly.
While full back Gayan Salinda, Vinod Kumar, Upul Abeyratne and Herath Suramya played their best for the losing soldiers.
Havies manage to edge out Police 27-24
Havies managed to cruise through to a closely fought out 27-24 win over Police SC.
Once again their prop forward Dushmantha Priyadarshana stole the limelight by scoring the match winning try just before the final whistle. Hooker Prasath Madushanka, centres Nishon Perera and Hirantha Perera played outstandingly for Havelocks along with, skipper Sadun Herath and Sudarshana Muthuthanthri.
The second half was dominated more by the cops.Police number eight Radeesha Ranjan played the game of his life by scoring two spectacular tries. Centre Chula Susantha, flanker Sharo Fernando and Winger Gihan Silva pierced through Havies defence. Full back Reza Mubarak was on target with his kicking.