Even a massive Tongan in the Sri Lankan Army rugby team failed to stop the CH&FC who came into being with a telling performance to win their Caltex League game by 48 points to 15 at Havelock Park yesterday. At the breather CH led 19-3.
Army rugby authorities confirmed that they had recruited the Tongan Moala Ittica, and that he had joined the Army at practices only two days ago. “He has been in Tonga’s National Pool,” said Army Coach Saliya Udugama.
CH shone in patches. They however showed that they have tremendous possibilities. It was Army who scored first when they converted a penalty. CH retaliated with lightning speed when skipper Lakala Perera scored far right and put them ahead at 5-3. CH’s Fiji player Salu Salu made a break next to score and Indika Wickremnayake was at hand to convert it. Very soon CH were in the lead at 19-3 at which score half time was taken.
CH continued putting pressure on Army and tries followed in rapid succession through Tuan Shamrock, Indika Wickremanayake and Fijian powerhouse Raturou Timusi.
Then there was a lull in CH’s scoring opportunities and Army surged back scoring a try through Susantha Jayalal with Harischandra Jayalal putting over the conversion. CH continued putting pressure on the Soldiers with Salu Salu scoring a try and Indika converting it.
Army struck next through Moala Ittica and just before that they lost the hard working Wickremasinghe due to injury and had to be carried out on a stretcher. Very soon CH increased their lead to 48 through tries by Gayan Liyanage and Army had to be satisfied with the 15 points that they scored.