valour steal the limelight
By Bernie Wijesekera
After their last week's miserable performance against the Havelocks,
CH&FC gave a fine exhibition of hard open rugby to topple the
high-riding CR&FC by 10 points (2 tries) to 3 points (a penalty)
in a rousing Caltex League A Division second round match at Maitland
Crescent last evening. CH led 10-nil at lemons.
a game it was. No quarter given and none asked. The red shirts who
were favoured to win this game and a strong contender for the title
along with defending champions Kandy SC, but CH showing better rugby
skills in abundance and had the stamina to last the pace, had CR
running for shelter.
was no let up in this bruising battle between two tough sets of
forwards at times marred by temper tantrums. There was more going
for the man than the ball. In the process players from either side
were shown the yellow card.
in the last 15 minutes of the game was playing with 13 players -
one foreigner was shown the yellow card while the other foreign
player was shown the red card. But with a never-say-die approach,
the Crescent Club with an unstinted team effort held on grimly.
Lewke proved to be a utility player and helped CH dominate the long
throws. On this day CH could have beaten any side. As for the CR
they were badly let down by the back division. Their handling spilled
their chances in the second half. Centre Haren Kaluarachchi despite
badly shaken stood against the onslaught but the others in the line
were found wanting. This was not a day for CR. Everything went against
them. They flattered and fell to a side that really deserved to
could have won by a bigger margin, but their spot kicks were found
wanting where Tharanga Jayakody and Dinesh Kumara lacked direction,
two of them in front of the cross bar.
scored their first try off a short tap in front where the ball changed
hands beautifully for fly-half Tharanga Jayakody to run over for
an unconverted try. The second try came in the 22nd minute when
the entire pack powered their way for prop forward Jayantha Ranaweera
to roll over. After the turn around CR attacked furiously through
their granite hard set of forwards. They had the line staring on
two occasions but the back line failed - made to look slow motion.
CR scored their solitary three points through full back Pushpakumara.
It was a bruising battle followed by a spate of injuries to both
sides. Referee Anura Jayasekera had his hands full to control the
Former Police SC rugby captain S. Sivendran, who led the
side in 1963 and later led them to emerge B Division champions in
1967, did proud for their rugby.
the same year for the first time in Sri Lanka rugby history the
Cops were invited to play in the Clifford Cup A Division knock-out
a man for all seasons, led them with distinction. The blue shirted
team defeated CR&FC in the semi-finals and lost the final to
Havelocks. Since then they have been in the forefront in Sri Lankan
rugby. Sivendran served Police rugby in varius capacities and finally
he ended up as the Director of Sports, before he retired after serving
for 40 years.