walk off the field match awarded to Kandy
By Aubrey Kuruppu
The promised acrimonious battle between CH and Kandy SC at Nittawela
last evening certainly lived up to its name. Kandy won by 29 points
(2 goals, 3 tries) to 17 (1 goal, 2 tries) but it was a superbly
fought out match between two teams that neither asked for nor gave
boiled over about ten minutes from time when Pulikuttuarachchi scored
a try off a superb breakaway move in which Laga and Jayasinghe played
their part. This try incidentally went unconverted because of the
chaos that ensued. CH hotly disputed the try and one of the players
was seen elbowing the referee. At this point, some small stones
were lobbed into the playing area and this acted as a spur to the
CH team who promptly walked off the field. Match Commissioner Viper
Guneratne was told that they will not be continuing and the match
ended in confusion.This prompted the Commissioner to award the gameto
the home team.
scored early when Faatzvva's missed penalty kick was collected by
Kapila Silva who touched down with the CH defence thinking. CH replied
at once when off the kick-off the ball came their way and a CH player
broke through. Bolakoro finally went over with a few Kandy players
clinging on. Jayakody fluffed the simplest of conversions (5-5).
drop kick by Mallikarachchi took play deep into CH territory. Kandy
set up Jayasinghe to effect the finishing touches with a fine turn
of speed. This try too went unconverted. Laga then forced his way
through off a short tap and Faatavo converted to make the score
17-5 at lemons in favour of Kandy.
started the second half with more vigour and their efforts found
instant reward when Rakata breezed through ten yards to score after
CH had put Kandy under relenting pressure. Jayakody made it 17-12.
then dummied his way to touch down from ten yards out Faatavu's
conversion made it 24-12. Butter fingered CH saw some stirring rugby
by their players go unrewarded as Bolakoro and Wijesinghe dropped
passes when CH was in two very promising situations.
CH pack deftly out manouevered their opponents and number eight
Leuke went over. This made the score 24-17. This was followed by
the try for Kandy by Pulikuttuarachchi which ended in chaos. Referee