A penalty in the final minutes of the game by the CH & FC fly-half, Samuel Maduwantha saw the team clinch a deserved victory against Doha Rugby Football Club in the pre-season friendly played last evening(5th) at the Doha Rugby Centre.
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The CH & FC team were trailing at halftime 8-12 and later went on to create a major upset in the second half. Yoshitha Rajapakse’s CH & FC side was put on an early tester ahead of this year’s Dialog Rugby League that will kick off in November.
The friendly fixture provided an opportunity for the new set of players to come together as a unit facing an opposition that was much more physical in comparison.
The 1st half saw the Gymkhana club scoring 8 points off a try and a penalty while in reply Doha accumulated 12 which came off 2 tries and a single conversion.
Staging a fight back, CH & FC added another try under their name while the opposition extended their lead to 15 points but when the Lankan team was awarded a 20-meter penalty with 5 minutes to go, captain Rajapakse knew what exactly to do.
Maduwantha, who was a highlighted name in the concluded Dialog Rugby League slotted an easy kick through the posts and the game ended 17-15 in favour of CH & FC.
The Doha Rugby Centre was filled with Sri Lankans who had arrived to witness their team in action on the holiday
Playing a fresh outfit in the red colours, CH & FC will be delighted in the way their pre-season has progressed as the 16-week Dialog Rugby League for 2018/19 is around the corner. This year the league will have a super round for the cup championship contested between the top four finishers while the bottom 4 will compete for a Plate title.
The Dialog Rugby League kicks off on the 9th of November 2018.