Police SC scored a much needed victory when they beat visiting Air Force SC 24-12 in their Dialog Rugby League match played at Police Park on Friday.
Police SC, with the home advantage, put on a rampant display to overcome the struggling Airmen. The encounter took an aggressive mood from the first second with both sides pushing into their opposite halves with much difficulty. There were many warnings by the referee to both teams and Police’s Radeesha Senevirathne was sin-binned for a foul. However Charith Senevirathne failed to convert the penalty awarded. Police’s Faleel Mushin came close to scoring in the 35th minute, but his try was unfortunately disallowed due to an obstruction seconds before he touched down. He was, however, taken out off play for an unfortunate injury after suffering a high-tackle by Air Force hooker Lahiru Udayanga.
Police kept on pushing deeper into their opponents half trying all their luck to get some points on the board, and they finally succeeded in doing so when Scrum-half Sudam Sooriarachchi touched down just before half-time with Reza Mubarak converting. They managed to score from a penalty awarded for offside through Mubarak at the stroke of half-time. The scores read 10-0 in favour of the Cops at lemons.
The Cop’s captain Chanaka Udara touched down with just seven minutes after the break to extend their lead. Mubarak made no mistake in the conversion. Air Force were reduced to 14-men soon when Air Force’s Isuru Jayarathne was shown a yellow for a foul. Minutes later, Police too lost a player in the form of Chula Susantha, who was sin-binned for a high-tackle on Saraka Werella.
Radeesha, made amends for this yellow card, by touching down to score his team’s third try and take the score to 24-00, with Mubarak making no mistake with the conversion. Air Force managed to pull back a consolation try though, through Jayarathne, and Charith converted it to score the first points for Air Force. Radeesha however, was shown a yellow for the second time, which resulted in a red card. He is likely to be suspended for atleast a game.
In the dying moments, Air Force managed to score a beautifully taken try by Nuwan Perera. The conversion was however missed by Charith. Thus the game ended 24-12 in favour of Police.
Police is due to meet Army SC next while Air Force will take on CR & FC in next week’s Dialog Rugby League’s games.
Havelocks play CR & FC in mouthwatering clash
Havelock SC’S final chance of claiming the title will be decided when they take on CR & FC at Havelock grounds at 4 pm in their Dialog Rugby League match. With the odds of winning the title being against Havelock, they will have to win the game with a bonus point and pray that Kandy, the current table-leaders will fail in their game against Navy SC. They are required to also beat Kandy in their last game of the season, which is expected to be a thriller, to have any hope of title glory.
Speaking to Daily Mirror, the assistant coach of Havelock SC Rajiv Perera said that they were confident of winning the game although CR & FC are in prime form. “We are sure of winning the match. We were not up to the standard in our last two games, but we will make sure to give our best to make up for it. The team will be joined by Danushka Ranjan and Nishon Perera, who are back after injuries, and I believe that this will boost the team’s spirit,” said Perera.
When asked about their chances of winning the title he said,“our chances are low at the moment but our main focus will be to win tomorrow’s game. But the game between Kandy and CR will decide our fate. Nevertheless we will keep on fighting.”
Inthi Marikar, head coach of CR & FC said that it would be a tough game, but that they would give their best.“we will play our best against Havelock. We will be missing about 7-8 players due to various injuries and this will be a major blow, but we will give our best shot at the match tomorrow.”