Defending champions Kandy Sports Club staged a superb fight-back in the second half to thrash Havelocks 27-12 and finished as unbeaten league champions for the second successive year. Kandy SC thus retained the Dialog ‘A’ Division League rugby title for yet another year.
Speaking exclusively to Nation Kandy SC head coach Sean Wijesinghe, said, “It was discipline, determination and dedication of the players that won the league championship for Kandy. There was a lot of planning too. The boys deserved this. Our entire squad of players played in the final match against Havies,” said Wijesinghe who is doing his first stint as coach of Kandy SC. Wijesinghe said that his team was gearing to win the Clifford Cup as well.
After being a bit reluctant in the first half, the lads from Kandy came back storming in the next 40 minutes to dominate play. With the halves combination of Roshan Weerarathna and Nigel Ratwatte hitting it off smoothly Kandy SC ran the ball at every opportunity. However, some resolute tackling by the Havies three quarters, particularly centres Danushka Ranjan and Hirantha Perera, prevented Kandy SC from crossing the Havies goal line as much as they desired.
Kandy SC acting skipper Weerarathna played a grand game. His sudden breaks from the base of the scrum had the Havelock’s defence in disarray.
Ratwatte too had an excellent game. He was a tower of strength when he shifted to the full back’s position and manned the last line of defence. The Havies forwards came up with a sterling display to outplay their counterparts in the loose. National sevens Skipper Sudarshana Muthuthantri, Ganuka Dissanayaka, Dushmantha Priyadarshana, Janik Jayasuriya, Rohitha Rajapaksha and Prasad Madushanka gave a fiery display.
Havies emerged runners-up of the Dialog ‘A’ Division League.
CR edge out Air Force
CR and FC beat Air Force by 19 points to 17 at Longden Place. At half time CR led 11-10.
The vastly improved CR and FC, who went down fighting to the mighty Kandy SC (15-12) and Havelock’s (27-22) in the second round, finished in third position.
Easy for Navy
Navy propelled by their young power-packed forwards came up with their best performance for the season to score a smashing 76-3 win over CH and FC at Welisara. With this win Navy obtained fourth place in the tournament.
Navy’s forwards came up with a terrific display to dominate up front-centre Lee Keegal was a source of inspiration to his team-mates with his fiery loose play.
Police beat Army
The final game of this year’s Dialog ‘A’ Division league rugby championship was played at Police Park between Army and Police. When the final whistle went it was Police who registered 27 points to 17 win and secured the fifth position.