Army in stunning 21-12 win
The Sri Lanka Army came up with a stupendous performance to beat the
formidable CH and FC by 21 points (one goal, one try, three penalties)
to 12 (one goal, one try) after leading 11-7 at the breather in their
Caltex ?A? Division League rugby match played at Police Park yesterday.
It was a superb display by the soldiers. Their forwards especially
Meepage, Kotalawela, Jayalal, Susantha, Suranga and Ratnayake came up
with a sterling display to outplay the famed CH ?eight? while the three
quarters made maximum use of the ?good ball? which came their way by
running the ball at every opportunity. Full back Kapila Knowlton who had
an excellent game joined the line to form the overlap while winger
Saliya Handapangoda looked always dangerous with his powerful runs down
CH and FC surged into the lead in the 14th minute when off a second
phase move centre Rushika Fernando burst through to touch down mid
right. Sajith Bandara added the extra points to make it 7-nil. Nine
minutes later off a five metre short tap Army?s lock forward Ajit
Susantha crashed through for a try mid right.
Knowlton missed the conversion (CH 7-5). In the 23rd minute the
soldiers snatched the lead when Kapila Knowlton put over a penalty and
on the stroke of half time he fired across a 30 metre penalty to give
Army a 11-7 lead at ?lemons?.
In the 28th minute of the second half Army?s lock forward A.D. Perera
broke away from a five metre line out and powered his way to touch down
by the left corner flag. Knowlton made a spectacular conversion and Army
led 18-7. Nine minutes later CH reduced the deficit when hooker Senthil
Kumar scored mid right. Bandara missed the conversion (Army 18-12).
Three minutes before the final whistle, the soldiers put the issue
beyond doubt when Kapila Knowlton fired across a 35-metre penalty and
the soldiers ran out worthy winners by 21 points to 12.
Referee: Priyantha Gunaratne.