CH & FC came from way behind to beat Police SC by 22 Points (2 Goals, 1 Try, 1 Penalty) to 16 Points (1 Goal, 3 Penalties) in one of their Caltex League Plate Tournament encounter played at Maitlant Crescent Yesterday.
Action from the CH -Police game.
Pic by Ranjith Perera
At Half time it was Police who lead 13-0.
Certainly it was Police SC who played better rugby. They were fast on the loose ball and even the line outs they were way head than CH. Police SC worked the line at every given opportunity but lacked the finishing touches. Meanwhile CH & FC were guilty of missing a number of first tackles. This left their defence in question. After the turn around the CH & FC who have lost more than 10 players to their opponent clubs re-grouped and played a better brand of rugby.
Dinuke S Wijeratne (CH & FC) missed a sitter penalty in-front of the posts very first minute of the game when Police SC line was spotted off side. Two minutes later Police drew first blood through Centre Harshana Wijewardena who was on target with a kick at goal. Police went further ahead when CH & FC lock Forward Sandun Kumara was yellow carded for repeated infringement.
Ten Minutes later Police worked the line and after three phases Harshan Wijewardena touched down and converted by himself to take a 13-0 lead.
After the turn around skipper Dinesh Sanjeewa scored and the extra points were added by full Back Lakala Perera to cut the defecit (13-7). Two minutes later Police centre Harshana Wijewardena increased his and Police tally towards16 Points. But it took only a few minutes for burly CH & FC prop Forward Sathya Ranathunga to power his way through for a try. (16-12 Police leading).
Then the players and spectators came across an unusual incident when both touch judges and even the referee missed a penalty converted by Police centre Harshan Wijewardena. Dinuke S Wijeratne put the finishing touches with a superb three quarter try which Lakala Perera added the extra points. Former Rajan player Indika Wickremanayake converted a penalty seal CH & FC victory.
Referee Rohan Chinthaka