CH in smashing 53-3 win over Old Zahirians
RUGBY: CH and FC, playing sans several regulars, kept their
unbeaten record intact with a smashing 53 points (four goals, five
tries) to 3 (one penalty) win over Old Zahirians in their Caltex 'A'
Division league rugby match played at Havelock Park yesterday after
leading 27-3 at 'lemons'.
The lads from Maitland Crescent won a large share of possession with
hooker Achala Perera striking a shade faster then his vis-a-vis Deen in
the set scrums and the trio of Sanjeewa, Ruwanthilleke and Malewana
holding sway in the line outs.
Evades: CH and FC’s centre Jimmy Bolakoro evades a tackle by Old
Zahirians fly half Rizan Saldin with support coming his way from
team-mate Dinuka Jayasinghe in the Caltex ‘A’ Division league
rugby match played at Havelock Park yesterday which CH won 53-3.
- Picture by Ranjith Jayaweera.
However, they could not make maximum use of the good ball which came
their way as some resolute tackling by the Old Zahirians especially fly
half Saldin and centres Mannan and Zubaideen prevented CH from winning
this game by a much bigger margin.
CH surged into the lead when they won a line out in the Old Zahirians
25 and set the three quarters in motion and centre Jimmy Bolakoro drew
the defence and slipped out a pass to winger S. Dahanayake who scored by
the right corner flag.
Dinuk de S. Wijeyaratne missed the conversion. Four minutes later,
off a loose maul in the Old Zahirians '25' CH worked their three
quarters and winger Rukshan Wijesinghe fell over for an unconverted try
In the 25th minute off a three quarter move in mid field CH's Fijian
centre Jimmy Bolakoro made a break and slipped out a pass to flanker
Dilanka Wijesekera who sent winger Rukshan Wijesinghe to score by the
left corner flag.
Roy Nishantha missed the conversion (CH 15-0). Five minutes later,
centre Dinuk de S. Wijeyaratne made a break in mid field and sent out a
pass to fly half Dinuka Jayasinghe who scored under the posts and
converted it himself to make it 22-0.
In the 33rd minute, Old Zahirians reduced the deficit when centre
Rizwan Mannan fired across a 25 metre penalty. Just before the breather
CH increased their lead when prop forward Damith Perera barged through
to touch down by the right corner flag off a 10 metre line out. Roy
Nishantha missed the conversion and CH led 27-3 at half time.
In the 13th minute after resumption off a second phase move in the
Old Zahirians '25' CH's Dinuk de S. Wijeyaratne sliced through the
opponents defence and scored under the posts. Matheesha de Silva added
the extra points to make it 34-3. Nine minutes later, off a line out in
the OZSC '25' CH set the three quarters in motion and full back
Matheesha de Silva scored mid left. Sajith Bandara converted (CH 41-3).
The lads from Maitland Crescent scored two more tries through
substitute prop forward Kasun Kaluarachchi and No 8 Sumedha Malewana
with fly half Sajith Bandara converting one of them to make it 53-3 at
the final whistle.
Referee: Pradeep Fernando