Police fight back to beat CR and FC 36 – 28
A Superb second half rally by Sri Lanka Police helped them to beat CR
and FC by 36 points ( two goals, two tries, three penalties and a drop
goal ) to 28 points (two goals, one try and three penalties) in their
Dialog ‘A’ division league tournament match played at Longden Place
yesterday.after trailing by 17 – 18 at half time.
New Zealander Sam Aolele opened the account for Policemen with a
penalty .The red shirts grabbed the lead with an unconverted try by
hooker Prasad Madusanka (CR 5 – 3) . CR and FC went ahead further when
skipper Lasintha de Costa scored by the corner flag which was converted
by Luke Muggerridge to make it 12 – 3 in favour of CR. They swelled the
score when Luke Muggerridge made no mistake with a penalty and CR led 15
– 3.He fired across another penalty and the Red shirts were sitting
pretty at 18-3.
Then the Policemen fought back with two superb tries by winger
Shanaka Kumara and Flanker T.D.Seneviratne.with both tries being
converted by Sam Aolele to make it 18 – 17 at the breather.
The red shirts increased their lead soon after the half time through
a try by Winger Lasintha de Costa which was converted by Luke
Muggerridge( CR 25 – 17 ) .
The Policemen hit back with a powerful try by the corner flag by
Number Eight William Batiratu which was not converted and the score read
25 – 22. But the Red shirts increased the lead when Luke Muggerridge
fired across a 35 metre penalty to make it 28 - 22.
Then the Police fought back gallantly. First Sam Aolele dropped a
goal from 50 metres out and then put over a 25 metre penalty to equalize
at 28 -all.
Then during the last five minutes Police Winger Jeevan Amaradasa
scored an unconverted try to give the Police a 33 – 28 lead. With three
minutes to go, Sam Aolele put the issue beyond doubt by firing across a
40 metre penalty and Police ran out worthy winners by 36 – 28 .
Pradeep Fernando referred.