Army fight back to beat Police by 33/27
A superb second half rally by Sri Lanka Army helped them to beat
Police Sports Club by 33 points (four goals, one try) to 27 points ( two
goals, two tries and penalty) to remain in fourth position in their
Dialog A division league rugby match played at Police Park yesterday
after trailing by 7 10 at the breather.
The first half was a scrappy affair with both teams being finding it
difficult to penetrate each others defence and the first scoring effort
came through a 25 metre penalty by Polices Sam Aolole which gave them a
slender 3 0 lead.
Prop Nishantha Kothelawela opened the account for Sri Lanka Army
scoring a try which was successfully converted by Upali Wickramasinghe.
( Army 7 3 ). Prop T.Sivanandan touched down for Police with Sam
Aolele adding extra points (Police 10 07) .
Soon after the resumption, Army snatched back the lead through an
unconverted try by Winger Kunaga Steve by the corner flag (Army 12 10
) .Police took the lead once again through a try by Number Eight
Batiratu William which was converted by Sam Aolele to make it 17 12 in
They went ahead further through an unconverted try by Sam Aolele to
make it 22 - 12.
The soldiers reduced the deficit through a try by Epi Kokonosiga with
Upali Wickramasinghe adding the extra points and the few minutes later,
they grabbed the lead through a try by lock forward Sarath Kumara with
Upali Wickramasinghe making no mistake with the conversion and Army led
26 - 22.
Ten minutes before the final whistle Scrum Half Upali Wickramasinghe
scored a try for the Army and added the extra points himself to give
them a comfortable 33 - 22 lead.
The Policemen fought back gallantly and scored an unconverted try
through former CR and Sri Lanka skipper Dushanth Lewke to make it 33 -
27 in favour of Army at the final whistle.
Paul Mackey refereed