It was really a disappointment for the red shirts last week as they went down to Havelock Sports Club who scored a last moment try to win by 27 points to 21. CR encountered several injury issues losing the services of skipper and lock Ishan Noor and acting captain Ashan de Costa, who did not turn out for this traditional encounter against Havies.
CR managed to produce brilliant rugby under tremendous pressure. Fly half Tharinda Ratwatte was outstanding in the entire match scoring a fabulous try while scrum half Kavindu de Costa made a brilliant cross kick for centre Kanchana Ramanayaka to score the other try. Young flanker Jason Dissanayaka and number eight Arun Kumar played outstanding rugby for the second consecutive week.
The former CR and FC player and present Havelock’s hooker Prasad Madusanka had other ideas when he scored four tries in this match to seal victory for Havies single handedly. He is among the highest try scorers in this year’s Dialog league rugby tournament. Havelocks won the first round game 34 – 18.
Kandy beat Navy 19-8
Defending champs Kandy Sports Club clinched the Dialog League Rugby championship for the 2015/16 season when they earn a hard fought 19-8 victory over Navy Sports Club at Welisara. Kandy led 19-3 at ‘lemons’.
They now head into their final match of the league tournament this week against the second-placed Havelocks with a clear lead of eight points hence the match will be of an academic interest.
Kandy certainly would not have enjoyed both their encounters against the gallant CR and FC outfit whom they beat narrowly 22-15 and 15-12.
The hill capital boys scored three tries through Srinath Sooriyabandara, Oshan Perera and Nigel Ratwatte, of which two were converted by Ratwatte. Navy too had a close encounter playing against the formidable Kandy SC outfit. Navy gave off their best even without players in the calibre of Omalka Gunarathne, Suranga Pushpakumara, Dulanjana Wijesinghe and captain Dhanushka “Gertha” Perera due to a suspension brought on them for having broken an internal code of conduct.
Navy’s solitary try was scored by their burly prop forward Stefan Gregory. Full back Thilina Weerasinghe fired across the conversion.
Police beat SLAF 24-12
Police taking advantage of the extra man against Air Force managed to score a hard-fought 24 points to 12 win at Police Park. Their tries were scored by scrum half Sudam Sooriyarachchi, number eight Radeesha Seneviratne and second row and captain Udara Chanaka. Isuru Jayarathna and Nuwan Perera scored for Airmen.
Army thrash CH 38-3
Army Sports Club registered a runaway 38 points to 3 win over a depleted CH&FC side at Race Course. The Soldiers led 19-3 at half time. For Army SC Sudarake Dikkumbura and Sampath Rosa scored two tries apiece while Ranjan Jayarathna and Omantha Panthiyawaththa scored a try each. Gayan Salinda and Bawantha Perera made the conversions.
Janith Chandimal contributed the solitary points for CH and FC.