Army SC snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when New Zealand born Kawa slanted a stunning penalty-kick in the 80th minute of the game to win a thrilling Dialog Club Rugby League encounter against Upcountry Lions 22 points to 20 at Diyagama today, to register their second win for the season.
With a less than impressive start to their club rugby season, going down 45 points to 12 against Upcountry Lions last Saturday, the expectant CR & FC team will face another tough opponent today, when they face perennial power-house Kandy SC in one of three matches of the Dialog Rugby League, at Longden Place.
The much-hyped about season opener, which was already postponed from last Friday, was postponed again yesterday, after technical failures with the Havelock Sports Club floodlights left the ground in darkness.
There were no shocks on the opening day of the club rugby season, with the favourites in all of the day’s three matches romped to easy wins.
The much anticipated Dialog Rugby League 2013 will kick off this weekend with Kandy SC and CH & FC at Nittawala while the Upcountry Lions will play CR & FC at the Nawalapitiya ground on Saturday.
Argentina scrumhalf Martin Landajo has been banned for a week for stamping after he was cited following the Pumas defeat by Australia in the Rugby Championship in Rosario on Saturday.
South Africa’s disappointment following their 38-27 loss to New Zealand in the Rugby Championship on Saturday was tempered by the belief that the Springboks will continue to improve and pose an even greater challenge next year, coach Heyneke Meyer said.
New Zealand hailed the All Blacks’ stunning 38-27 victory over the Springboks to clinch the Rugby Championship at the weekend as “one of the all-time great games”.
A different training schedule and a strategy rethink combined to power Australia to a thumping 54-17 victory against Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, according to Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.
New Zealand retained the Rugby Championship Saturday with a deserved five-try 38-27 triumph over greatest rivals South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
Australia kept a pre-match promise to run the ball by scoring seven tries and sweeping aside Argentina 54-17 Saturday in the closing 2013 Rugby Championship Test.
South Africa centre JJ Englebrecht came through training unscathed on Friday and will start in the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
South Africa have no special tricks up their sleeve for New Zealand and will stick with the game-plan that has served them well this year in the Rugby Championship decider at Ellis Park on Saturday, captain Jean de Villiers said.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw will fulfil a boyhood ambition when he leads the All Blacks out in their final Rugby Championship match against South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Full-back Israel Folau has been given a license to thrill Saturday as Australia seek to avoid the humiliation of becoming Rugby Championship wooden spoonists.
The next World Cup may still be two years away, but Saturday’s Rugby Championship decider between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park could provide an early psychological blow for the victor.
Argentina have made two backline changes for a Rugby Championship Test against fellow strugglers Australia in Rosario Saturday.
Bismarck du Plessis, the central character in last month’s controversial test between New Zealand and South Africa, was restored to the Springbok side for Saturday’s re-match in Johannesburg.
There are very few stadiums around the world where the All Blacks fear to tread, but New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu admits there are few quite as intimidating as Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
South Africa will take risks and are prepared to gamble with an expansive attacking game against New Zealand in the decisive match of the Rugby Championship at the weekend, said coach Heyneke Meyer.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen expects star flank Richie McCaw to start against the Springboks at Ellis Park Saturday in the Rugby Championship title decider.
South Africa have recalled uncapped lock Franco van der Merwe to the squad for the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
South Africa lock Flip van der Merwe will miss the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand on Saturday after he was suspended for one week for striking an opponent.
Struggling Australia have “run out of excuses” and will have to work hard to win back disaffected fans in the wake of another demoralising loss to South Africa, according to Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper.
South Africa achieved a bitter-sweet 28-8 Rugby Championship victory over Australia Saturday at Newlands in Cape Town.
A last-minute Ben Smith try gave New Zealand a bonus-point 33-15 Rugby Championship victory over Argentina in La Plata Saturday.
Veteran South Africa scrum-half Fourie du Preez could be the catalyst for victory over Australia Saturday in a vital Rugby Championship Test.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen believes the clash with Argentina Saturday will be the “defining moment” of the 2013 Rugby Championship.
South Africa will concentrate on the basics as they try to dispatch a bullish Australia at Newlands on Saturday (1500 GMT) in the hope of setting up a final-day showdown against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.
Australia have made three personnel changes and one positional to the starting line-up for a Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Cape Town Saturday.