It was perfect weather for a scintillating game of rugby at the Racecourse rugby stadium, in the 13th week of the Dialog Rugby League encounter between CH & FC and Police SC. CH kicked off the game by the boot of Faris Ali.
Police opened up the score line with a determined effort in the attacking 5 meter line, with the likes of Udara Sooriyapperuma crossing the line with a pick and go. Not long after, Police Sports Club’s winger Janith Chandimal further extended the policemen’s lead scoring a gifted try, after what looked like a children’s soccer game, in which both teams were pointlessly kicking the loose ball which ultimately fell into the CH fullback’s hands. The fullback who tried to clear the ball, made a huge blunder by deciding to clear the ball on the open side. For the luck of Chandimal, the ball finally planted itself into his precious hands and he just had the simple task of cruising away to the try line to claim his first try of the game. (PSC 12-0 CH)
Shortly later CH was awarded a penalty in the 35m range of the goal post. Fly half Samuel Madhuwantha rose to the occasion and bumped in the first points for the home team. (PSC-12-3 CH)
Carrying the momentum forward, Rohitha Rajapaksa made a splendid move with a dummy and a short pass to Hashan Madhuranga, who fended off and went on to give Lee Keegal an inside pass that safely made its way to the try line. Madhuwantha added the extras. (PSC 12-10 CH)
Two minutes later Lee Keegal added another try to his tally after splitting the Police defence and having Madhuwantha converting.
Not backing down, Police after number 8 Fawmy Wajid scored in the 30th minute bringing his team back into the game and kicker Sandesh Jayawickrama successfully converting the try into a goal. (PSC 19-17 CH)
CH winger Anuradha Herath collected the restart and gained 40m to put Police on the back foot. A few pick and goes later, Henry Terrence went over to claim his first try. Madhuwantha converts. (PSC 19-24CH)
Just before half time Police captain Rasith Silva scored an unconverted try to level the scores at lemons.
Half-Time Score: Police SC 24 – 24 CH & FC
The first try of the second half came off a deadly CH maul that saw Yoshitha Rajapaksa at the back safely planting the ball on the line to give the home team the lead in the second half. (PSC 24-29 CH)
CH defended a hard fought Police maul, however the Police scrum half made a cheeky chip kick over the maul and although no policeman scored the try, Police was awarded a controversial penalty try. (PSC 31-29 CH)
Henry Terrence went on to score his second try of the game in the 50th minute after a series of brilliant pick and goes by CH. Maduwantha converted. Following which, CH’s Hashan Madhuranga made it into the score sheet with a beautiful try with the credit going to the expertise of Samuel Maduwantha who made his way through the traffic and feeding the ball to his team mate, executing a simple draw and pass situation. Maduwantha adds the extras. (PSC 31-43 CH)
A minor brawl in the 78th minute gave Lee keegal the opportunity to sneak past the Police defence and hand over the ball to Yoshitha Rajapaksa who claimed his 2nd try of the game. The try was later changed into a penalty try after a short discussion between the match officials which also led to a player each from both sides being sent to the sin bin. (PSC 31-50 CH)
Police seeked consolation during the dying seconds of the game and finally found their replacement centre Vihanga Pivithuru breaking through to score the final try of the game. Jayawickrama added the extras.
Full-Time Score: Police SC 38 (6T, 4C) CH & FC 50 (7T 6C 1P)
ThePapare.com Player of the Match: Henry Terrance