win tale of two halves
Kandy ripped the Navy defence
to shreds to win 70 - 3
What a difference an interval makes! Navy produced some superb defensive
rugby, with generous helpings of attack, to keep Kandy to a 3 all
score minutes before the short whistle. Kandy hit back when unmarked
Liyanage took a long pass and strolled over the line for a half
time score of 8-3.
Came the second
half and Kandy SC were allowed to go on the rampage to post a 70
(6 goals, 5 tries, 1 penalty) to 3 (1 penalty) win. Navy showed
a complete lack of determination and commitment in this half and
paid a heavy price for their indiscretions. Referee Dilroy Fernando
had his hands full, dispensing red and yellow cards and laying down
led to a try scourge in which Liyanage, Bandaranaike (3), Malith
Silva. Pushpakumara, Jema, Galgamuwa, Laga, Yapa and Weerakkody
touched down. Weerakkody kicked correctly at goal on seven occasions.
match became farcical, with Navy having but 12 men on the field.
Sham Pradeep,Sherifdeen (Navy) and Jema (Kandy) were the players
sent off. - (A.K)
on the rampage
Ananda -66 Mahanama -0
By Bernie Wijesekera
me if you can. This Ananda player is tackled by a Mahanama player
but yet he is determined to keep the ball in play. Ananda won
the game 66-0. Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara
who scored a nail-biting 8-7 win over S. Thomas' in their first
match for the season, went on the rampage against Mahanama with
a superb exhibition of running rugby to win by 66 points (8 goals
and 2 tries) in a schools rugby football match at Longden Place
At the turn
around the Maradana school led 35-0. The match was scheduled to
start at 5 P.M. but the appointed referee failed to turn up. The
game was delayed by 25 minutes when they had to go in search of
a referee and managed to get the services of Ajith Fernando.
to rugby, showed immense rugby skills thanks to their coach, former
Sri Lanka stalwart Hisham Abdeen, who has nursed and nurtured them
to be a competent outfit. The entire back division indulged in the
run and pass game and made gaping holes in the Mahanama defence,
who wilted under pressure. From the kick off, they produced red-hot
rugby with the fans enjoying every minute of it.
It was not that Mahanama played badly. They failed to withstand
the onslaught against a fitter team, who handled the ball with precision.
In the initial
half Ananda scored five tries through Nadees Chaturanga, the fullback
who constantly formed the overlap. Centre Ishan Lakjaya scored the
second try. Lakjaya had a good game when he planted two more tries
in the second half. The fourth try was by Malik Kanchana and the
fifth by Chaturanga Jayasinghe.
After the short
break Ananda added five more tries. A. Fonseka, Ransiri Peiris,
Nipuna Vimukthi scored them almost at will. The conversions were
shared by Chaturanga and fly half Nipuna Vimpukthi. Referee Ajith
vs CR best in next week’s rugby
game between CH&FC and CR&FC will commence the main league
before the super-six. It will provide excellent fare starting June
6. The CR vs CH tie will take place at Maitland Crescent on June
On Friday June
6, the Army-Police match could be a real block-buster at Galle Face.
Both teams have in their fold some rugged forwards. The soldiers
with three foreigners in their fold should generate more excitement.
Another game is on the cards on Saturday June 7 when League champions
Kandy SC travel for the first time to Colombo this season to be
the guests of Havelocks at Havelock Park.
On Sunday June
8, Kandy Youth take on Air Force at at Nittawela while Old Zahirians
play hosts to Kurunegala RFC at CH Grounds, Maitland Place. (B.W)