helps Army manacle Police
Seventeen points come off his kicking
By Bernie Wijesekera
In a bruising forwards battle between two unbeaten teams in
the Caltex League A Division tournament, Sri Lanka Army edged
out Police SC by 22 points (1 goal, 5 penalties) to 17 (5 penalties)
thanks to full back T.A. Silva, who scored 17 points from his
kicking boots at Galle Face yesterday. At the turn around the
soldiers led 16-9.
Played in ideal weather conditions underfoot the respective
forwards fought a relentless battle in the loose.
shirts really played well by winning much of the good ball.
But they tended to run into the man rather than find gaps
and lost many scoring opportunities. As a result the Army
lost their rhythm and were rattled. They too lapsed not moving
the ball and were constantly blown for infringements.
first time in the history of Army rugby, three outstanding
schoolboys - Thomian skipper Jeevan Gunatilleke (flanker),
Isipatana captain Ranga Perera and Peterite No 8. Sanjay Pullendran
made their debut for the soldiers.
really put the soldiers in the pressure cooker with some second
phase attacks, but their defence stood firm thanks to diminutive
T.A. Silva who played an intelligent game. His positional
play and deceptive deep kicks to touch proved a winning factor.
He slotted five spot kicks from varying angles and converted
their solitary try scored by No 8. Dharmapala off a fine three-quarter
Police fly-half Harshana Wijeweera, too was in fine form with
his spot kicks. Out of the five spot kicks he arrowed four
with precision. Army scored first in the fifth minute with
a spot kick. In the ninth minute the best try in the match
was scored. Off a sweeping move the centres cut in, like a
hot knife in a butter dish, for Dharmapala to put the finishing
touches. At the break it was 10-6.
the interval Police kept on pressing for nine minutes in the
Army '25', when they won four penalties in-a-row with the
line staring at them. Attempting to go on the first phase,
they found the granite hard Army defence hard to beat. Eventually
they took a spot kick and Wijeweera obliged. Police full back
Rodrigo Ajantha Rodrigo tended to be too slow. He was moved
to the line. Chintaka Perera came in as a replacement and
stood up well both in defence and attack. He constantly formed
the dying stages of the game Police got their act together.
Off a penalty in front, they took a short tap and prop Anura
Fernando bull-dozed his way over the line for an unconverted
try to lose the tie at 11-7. Army were distinctly lucky to
win as the Police back division constantly tended to go 'solo',
instead of moving the ball around.
Referee Dilroy Fernando.
in easy win over Air Force
CH and FC recorded their fourth consecutive win when they
thrashed the hapless Air Force rugby team by 58 points (four
goals, six tries) to 3 (one penalty) in the Caltex 'A' Division
Inter Club rugby match played at Maitland Place yesterday.
CH led 29-0 at half time.
scorers for the winners were winger Ajantha Upawansa (3),
full back Nalin Dissanayake (2), flanker Bertie Jayasekera
(2) and centre Lasantha Ediriweera, flanker Ranjan Canagasabai
and prop Naren Perera one each. Nalin Dissanaya converted
four of these tries. Full back Ranjith Anthony put over the
penalty for the losers. Referee: Aruna Jayasekera-MSA
Kandy Sports Club were contained to a mere 43 points (5 goals,
1 try, 1 penalty) to nil win over home town rivals Kandy Youth
SC in their Caltex A Division rugby match at Nittawela yesterday.
Hettiarachchi bull-dozed his way through to score twice as
did skipper Basnayake. Sameera de Silva and Bogahawatte were
the other try scorers. Weerakkody had a good game putting
over all his conversions, save for one.
deserve credit for having limited their powerful opponents
to just two scoring efforts in the second half. Had full back
Niyandagala putover the penalties that came his way, the final
score-line would have been more flattering. Fly half Ibrahim
handled the wet ball very well but his play in the all-important
position was a little predictable.
Referee D. Nimal (A.K)
shock as Wesley rattle Trinity 21-0
The Colombo school records first
ever win over the Kandy side
By M.Shamil Amit
in full cry as they tackle an Army player at Galle Face.
Pic. by Ishara S. Kodikara
led by that burly No. 8 and Sri Lanka youth player Lahiru
Boteju created history when they outclassed the Trinity Lions
for the first time ever in the history of rugby encounters
between the two schools which has been played for over a half
rattled the Trinitians when they scored a convincing 21 points
(three goals) to nil victory in the inter-school rugby match
at Longdon Place. Having led 14-0 at half time.
rugby of a high order with the Wesleyites treating the massive
crowd that thronged to witness the game with some superlative
rugby. They got into business in the first five minutes of
play in the first half when winger Nawshik Fareez ran over
for a try from a move initiated by second row Chatura Weligamage.
Full back Zakir Badurdeen put the finishing touches to give
Wesley an early 7-0 lead. The Wesleyites were far more superior
in all departments winning the line outs and their working
down the line had the Trinitians in a spot of bother.
Ziyard Thahir and Steve Perera another Sri Lankan youth player
had their opponents guessing with their robust play and kicks
to touch. In the dying stages of the first half Ziyard Thahir
increased the lead with a superb try scored from a five yard
scrum which was again converted by Zakir Badurdeen to make
in the second half the Trinitians penetrated their opponents'
territory but only to be denied scoring by the solid defence
of the Wesleyites. The Trinitians missed two opportunities
of reducing the lead when second row D.A.de Silva fluffed
two penalties which was of kicking distance. In the 23rd minute
Wesley was offered a 40 metre penalty and Zakir's kick went
no quarters asked or given the game was being played at a
terrific pace with referee Orville Fernando doing a tireless
job with the whistle. Wesley succeeded in increasing their
lead when in the 25 metre line of their opponents' skipper
Lahiru Boteju intercepting a pass gave it over to second row
Tyronne Harrison who barged through many defenders to score
under the post. Zakir made no mistake with his kick this time
to give Wesley a healthy 21-0 lead. The Lions were dejected
and gave up hopes of giving a fight back ultimately being
Zahira registered their third consecutive win in the on going
inter schools rugby season when they beat Nalanda by 12 points
(one goal, one try) to 5 (one try) in their inter school rugby
encounter played at the Thurstan grounds yesterday. At the
breather the score was 7-5 in favour of the winners.
opened scoring in the first half through a try by number eight
Hassen Azar which was converted by skipper Imran Marso. Nalanda
replied with a try scored by prop forward Akila with the conversion
coming out for the first time this season gave a good account
of themselves giving the Zahirians some anxious moments. In
the dying stages of the game Hassen Azar scored his second
try of the match with the kick at goal being missed. When
the long whistle was blown by referee Pradeep Fernando the
score remained 12-5 in favour of Zahira.-MSA