By Shannon Nicholas
In a ‘bottom of the table’ battle, Police SC managed to emerge victorious against CH & FC, whom they beat 26 points to 21, in their fixture of matchweek 12 of the Dialog Rugby League 2016/17 played at the Police Park grounds yesterday.
The hosts, who led 26-7 at the half-time break, collected their points through three goals and an unconverted try, while the loser’s points were made up of three goals.
Police started off brightly and took only three minutes to draw first blood when winger Sujan Kodithuwakku dashed through the CH defense to put up the first points of the evening. Fullback Rajitha Sansony made no mistake with the conversion and the scores read 7-0.
Center Reeza Rafaideen made it 12-00 for the Cops few minutes later as he touched down after some great team play.
Pressure was building upon the visitors and within five minutes they managed to cut down the lead as they scored a penalty try. No.8 Rohitha Rajapaksa added the extras with ease and the scores were amended to 12-7.
Danushka Silva got the third try for the Cops, as the Loose Head got the better of the CH backline after a collective team effort. Sansony was successful in bisecting the uprights at the conversion and the scores were made 19-7.
Ten minutes later Police were rewarded for their continuous attack in the opposite territory, when Romesh Acharige secured a bonus point for the home side as he scored their fourth try of the evening.
The conversion was a success and the scores stood at 26 points to 7 in favour of the home side when Referee Dinka Peiris blew for half-time.
It was a fast paced game after play was resumed as both teams, especially CH, kept pushing forward in view of grabbing some points. Viraj Hewage, who came off the bench, worked his way through the Police defense and was able to plant CH’s second try of the evening. The scores were amended to 26-14 after Rajapaksa added the extras with ease.
From then on, there were many chances for both teams but neither of them was able to capitalize on their efforts. With errors galore, the scores went untouched for about half an hour. With time running out, CH came up with an elegant display of teamwork as they pushed forward towards goal. Kalindu Kariyawasam managed to get the ball beyond the try line amidst continuous defending by the Cops. The extras were added but it was too late for the visitors, who have yet again failed to secure a win so far this season.
Both teams would retain their positions of seventh and eighth on the table.