Dulaj Perera kicked the game off in overcast conditions as favourites Havelocks locked horns with strugglers CH & FC.
CH had a whole host of players missing due to injury and illness while Havelocks made major changes to rest big name players such as Sudarshana Mututhantri and Niroshan Fernando while Sharo Fernando missed out due to suspension.
Havelocks made a huge statement to fellow opposition as they scored in the second minute of the game. Chamara Dabare was the first to cross the white as he barged his way over onrushing defenders to score. Dulaj Perera surprisingly failed with a straightforward conversion. (CH 00-05 HSC)
Photos of the CH&FC v Havelock SC – Dialog Rugby League 2016/17 | #Match 29
Fellow winger Vimukthi Rahula was the next to get his name on the score sheet as the former Josephian dived over in the opposite corner following a fancy flick pass from Dulaj Perera. Dulaj made easy work of the touchline conversion. (CH 00-12 HSC)
Udara Anjana scored his first, crashing over after breaking from a rolling maul. Vihanga Pivithuru crossed over the try line soon after and helped the visitors secure the four try bonus point in the game. Dulaj added the extras with ease. (CH 00-26 HSC)
Havelocks added three further tries in the first half, first through scrum half Rahul De Silva, Kevin Dixon and Dulaj Perera as the three back line players put the game safely in the bag for Havelocks SC. Dulaj made no mistakes adding all three conversions. (CH 00-45 HSC)
Half Time: CH & FC 00 – 45 (7T, 5C) Havelocks SC
There was no difference in the second half as relentless Havelocks compounded more pressure and scored five tries in the second half.
Player of the match Dulaj Perera, was the first man to score in the second half with a converted try. Perera displayed good skill, showing and going through the heart of the CH defence to score under the post. (CH 00-52 HSC)
Dushmantha Priyadarshana displayed immense pace for a prop forward as he made a dazzling 25 meter break through and put on lovely footwork to score under the post. Dulaj added the extras with ease. (CH 00-59 HSC)
Vishva Deeneth added three consolation points for the hosts as his penalty beside two tries from Janik Jayasuriya displayed the powers of Havelocks defensive effort. (CH 03-73 HSC)
Centre Nishon Perera scored the 12th and final try for the visitors on the brink of full time as a eye catching line work ended with the centre diving over in the far corner. Dulaj added the touch line conversion to add the cherry on the cake of a lovely performance for the visitors. (CH 03-80 HSC)
Full time: CH & FC 03 (1P) lose to Havelocks SC 80 (12T, 10C)
Thepapare.com Player of the match: Dulaj Perera (Havelocks Flyhalf)
Dulaj Perera expressed his views following the game.
“We had a satisfactory performance today but i think we (Havelocks) could have done better and we surely need to take our game to the next level if we are to go on and win the title. We will go back train harder and come back stronger for our next game”
CH & FC
Penalty: Vishva Deeneth 1
Tries: Chamara Dabare, Vimukthi Rahula, Udara Anjana, Vihanga Pivithuru, Rahul De Silva, Kevin Dixon, Dulaj Perera 2, Dushmantha Priyadarshana, Janik Jayasuriya 2, Nishon Perera
Conversions: Dulaj Perera 10