Royal bash Trinity by record margin at
Bogambara and aggregate 83 points
By Aubrey Kuruppu
Royal went one better by trouncing Trinity by 44 points (2 goals,
6 tries) to nil in the second leg of the Bradby Shield at Bogambara
Coming on top
of a massive 39-0 win in the first leg, Royal's aggregate was 83
points. This was 27 points better than the efforts of Manik Jayakumar's
team that won by a 56 point-margin.
It was an outstanding
display by a truly formidable side. Royal skipper Zulki Hamid led
from the front with a couple of tries. Forwards Pujitha Jayakody,
Shamil Mohammed (both props) and Kushan Atukorale touched down in
a blaze of Royal glory. When the ball was sent out to the backs,
Rajitha Jayasundare was a joy to behold. He weaved his way through
on many an occasion and was responsible for two tries.
up against tremendous odds. They did try on occasions, especially
towards the end. They spurned many a penalty, looking for that elusive
Maddumapatabendinage was their inspiration, crashing through and
taking a few defenders with him. However these sporadic efforts
all came to naught in the face of a tight Royal defence.
Royal to their half in the first few minutes. But when Royal entered
the Trinity, they scored at once through Jayasundare. Minutes later
Hamid went over after more good work by the forwards, in a second
forwards had driven forward, a defensive lapse in the goal area
saw Hameed touching down again. All these conversions were fluffed
by fullback Danawansa who had to contend with a swirling wind. 15-0
it was at half time.
to their tally with the kick off. A long kick by fly-half Ishan
Perera was not collected clean and Pujith Jayakody went over. Lewke
made a superb break and the move was threatening. But a forward
pass spoilt it all. Almost immediately, Lewke teamed up with Jayasundare
and went over under the posts, Danawansa couldn't miss this one.
the Royal winger, now came into the picture with a good run along
the touch line. However the move ended because he lacked support
on the inside. Shanil Mohammed took a penalty and made for the line.
His forwards contrived somehow to push him over the line. Danawansa
converted for a 32-0 lead.
The best try
of the match came when Danawansa combined with Jayasundare. The
former started his run from just short of his goal line, drew the
defence and handed over to the centre who justified the faith reposed
in him. (37-0).
run by Jayasundare followed soon. When confronted, he clipped and
followed up, but was beaten by the bounce almost on the goal line.
figured prominently in the last try by making the break, Jayakody
carried the ball and Atukorale went over. Referee Dilroy Fernando.
Royal beat Trinity by 10 points to five in the Under 17 game. However
the latter won the first engagement 5-nil.
in hard fought 41-28 win over Havelocks
By M.Shamil Amit
In a closely contested game Army pulled out all their tricks to
register a 41 points (three goals, four tries) to 28 (one goal,
three tries, two penalties) win over Havelocks in a final round
Cup championship Caltex League rugby match at Havelock Park yesterday.
At the short whistle Army led 22-18.
The Havies playing
without their key players who are on national duty put up a good
show but threw away their chances of winning the game. The Army
who went out as favourites were given a torrid time by the Havies
forwards with winger Jason Jayasekera in full form scoring as much
as three tries with his powerful run.
Army went into
the lead through a try by full back T.A.Silva who missed the conversion.
A few minutes later Army's second row J.A.N.Jayasuriya went over
for a try and this time Silva made no mistake with the kick at goal.
The Havies not to be outdone scored two tries in succession when
centre Nishantha Chanaka smothered over for a try and winger Jason
Jayasekera followed with another try of which one was converted
by fly half Tikiri Dissanayake who also put over a penalty to give
the Havies a 15-12 lead. But that did not last long when Army scrum
half Kotalawala and winger K.W.Vijitha going over for two unconverted
tries. In the dying stages of this half Havelocks decreased through
a penalty put over by Tikiri.
the second half Army scored two tries through second row Jayasuriya
and Kotalawala. In the 20th and 25th minute winger Jason Jayasekera
scored two tries with both conversions being fluffed by Tikiri.
Army replied with a try through centre Rajapakse which was converted
by Silva to pull off the match. Referee: Aruna Jayasekera.
Lankan Board to admonish Murali over television remarks
(AFP) - Spin magician Muttiah Muralitharan has run into trouble
with the Sri Lankan cricket board for remarks made on a television
chat show, a top official told AFP here on Saturday.
has been asked to appear before an interim committee of the Board
of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) after criticising the
role of businessmen and politicians in the governing body.
committee will meet Murali on Tuesday and warn him to button his
lip, said the official who did not want to be named.
who equalled New Zealand pacer Richard Hadlee's world mark of 36
five-wicket hauls in the first Test against Bangladesh this week,
has been rested along with other top players for the second Test
the fifth-highest wicket-taker in the world with 430, took 10 Tests
fewer than Hadlee to bag 36 hauls of five or more wickets in an
He is now behind
West Indian Courtney Walsh (519), Australian Shane Warne (450),
Indian Kapil Dev (434) and Hadlee (431) on the all-time Test wicket-takers'
in the dark at athletics nationals
With the AAA promising the press of prompt services in supplying
results at the forthcoming Asian Athletics championships, it was
sad to see no proper steps had been taken to provide the press with
prompt results at the on going 80th Track and Field nationals at
the Sugathadasa Stadium.
On the second
day of the nationals media personnel whilst going to the computer
room to get a printed copy of the officials results had to wait
for a long time but even then it was not provided. It was the same
yesterday, only one final - the javelin event - had been worked
off in the morning but alas the press were not provided with this
official result even at 5.00 p.m.
final events were scheduled to start at 4.00. p.m. but only got
off at 5 p.m. p.m. When inquiries were made the press was told it
was announced the previous evening. But many were of the view that
the AAA should have notified the time in the daily papers or inform
by fax messages to the print and electronic media. As most of the
media have scheduled programmes for the day.
As a result
most of them had to turn back and go on other assignments. With
all the support given to uplift sports in Sri Lanka, organising
major events such as this should be handled in a more professional
The winner of
the women's 100 metres hurdle finals was W.K.I.Umayangani of the
Army with the men's 110 metres hurdle winner being A.A.I.Kumara
also of the Army which were the only results the press were able
to get. - MSA