CR in hard fought 23-10 win over Air Force
RUGBY: CR and FC scored a hard fought 23 points (one goal, two tries,
two penalties) to 10 (one goal, one penalty) win over a gallant Air
Force outfit in their Caltex 'A' division league rugby match played at
Air Force grounds, Ratmalana yesterday after leading 15-0 at 'lemons'.
Air Force's forwards came up with a terrific display in the loose to
give the powerful CR 'eight' a torrid time.
Air Force's Saumya Silva, Ranasinghe, Soysa, Niranga, Weeraratne and
skipper Kurukulasuriya gave of their best to match up to their
counterparts. The CR duo of Dharmatilleke and Gayan Fernando held sway
in the line-outs while the set scrums were shared between CR's
Chaturanga and Air Force's Vithanage.
CR's famed three quarters too could not make much headway as their
centres Mohamed Sheriff and Lasintha de Costa were brought down time and
again by their opposite numbers Rushika Fernando and Charith Seneviratne
with bone-crunching tackles which resulted in the CR wingers Radhika
Hettiarachchi and Nuwan Chamara being kept in cold storage. Air Force's
full back Rohan Fernando also had a grand game.
He stood out with his safe collections and booming kicks to touch and
made some daring runs by joining the line to form the overlap on several
occasions and had the honour of scoring his team's only try late in the
CR surged into the lead in the 18th minute when centre Mohamed
Sheriff fired across a 25-metre penalty.
Nine minutes later CR won a 10-metre scrum and No. 8 Navin Wijetunge
barged through to touch down mid-left. Sheriff missed the conversion and
CR led 8-0.
In the 34th minute the ball came CR's way off a loose maul in
mid-field and the Red Shirts set their three quarters in motion and
winger Nuwan Chamara put the finishing touches to the move by touching
down mid-left. Mohamed Sheriff made no mistake with the conversion and
CR led 15-0 at the breather.
In the second minute after resumption CR's full-back Ashan de Costa
put over a 15 metre penalty to make it 18-0. In the 21st minute of the
second half the Airmen reduced the deficit when fly-half Nalin Sirisena
fired across a 30-metre penalty.
Eight minutes later Air Force won a scrum in the CR '25' and
scrum-half Radeesha Seneviratne slung out a pass to full-back Rohan
Fernando who sliced through the CR defence and ran over 20 metres to
touch down under the posts. Nalin Sirisena added the extra points to
make it 18-10.
Five minutes before the final whistle CR's full-back Ashan de Costa
made a long kick from mid-field and centre Lasintha de Costa who chased
it, picked up the ball and sped over 20 metres to score by the right
corner flag. Sheriff missed the conversion and CR ran out winners by 23
points to 10.
Referee: Nizam Jamaldeen.