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CR&FC dished out another champagne performance when they scored a runaway 57 points (06 goals and 03 tries) to 3 (01 penalty) victory over traditional rivals Havelocks SC in a Carlsberg A Division 1st round game at Havelock Park yesterday.
The victory helped CR&FC to finish the 1st round on top of the table, and also be the only team to remain unbeaten in the league. CR&FC also broke the five year hoodoo of not beating Havelocks SC on their home ground and also recorded the heaviest defeat in recent years in the traditional encounter, beating the previous score of 41/7 held by the Park Club in 1975.
Yesterday's resounding win was also a personal triumph for CR&FCs full back Nalaka Weerakkody, playing in his first full season for the Longden Place Club.
Weerakkody crossed the 100 points mark for the season yesterday. He converted six tries and scored two spectacular tries to account for 22 points and take his personal tally to 104 points this season.
CR&FC completely dominated the game, with their forwards rampaging in their opponent's territory with wave after wave of attacks. Havelocks were never given the smallest chance to attack by the Red Shirts who were brilliant yesterday. Lasitha Gunaratne, Alfred Hensman and Chelaka Hapugoda were at the thick of all things leading the heavy CR 'eight' by example.
The Red Shirts were well backed up by their back division which was a delight to watch as they penetrated the Havelocks defence lines with good intelligent running, with full back Nalaka Weerakkody forming the overlap at crucial moves. The CR&FC back division joined their forwards in the try fiesta.
CR&FC called the tune from the kick-off when they scored in the 2nd minute of play. Stand-off Asanga Rodrigo collected a ball in the Havelocks 22, side stepped and slipped the ball to Nixon Junior who touched down under the post. Weerakkody added the extra points for CR&FC to lead 7-0. Havelocks full back Dexter Fonseka put over a penalty in the 13th minute to reduce the lead.
Flanker, Alfred Hensman scored twice and Tavita Tulaga once, as CR&FC went into lemons leading by 28 points to 3.
CR&FC continued their dominance in the second half as they confined Havelocks in their own territory for a major part of the second half. They dominated in the scrums, but shared the line-outs with Rajiv Senaratne and Thushara Jayalath winning the battle for the loosers.
After Nixon Junior (2) and Naufer Rahim touched down for CR&FC in the early part of the second half, full back Weerakkody, joined in the try spree when he formed the overlap and breezed passed the Havelocks defences to score twice and help CR&FC record their 9th successive victory in spectacular style.
Referee: Anil Jayasinghe
Kandy Sports Club registered a grand 29 points (3 goals, a try, a penalty) to nil win over CH&FC at Nittawela.
For Kandy, Fijian centre Milli Nakauta 2 tries, Harris Omar and Kitti Rudrara scored a try each with Upul Wijesiri goaling three tries and putting over the penalty.
Trinity beat St. Peter's by 15 points to 7 at Bogambara yesterday.
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