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Police shock CR 41-22

  • Dialog Rugby League

By Milinda Gunawardena

Police SC inflicted one of the biggest upsets in the current rugby season when they overcame Cr & FC 41-22 in their Dialog League Rugby encounter at Longden Place last evening.

Police scored 4 goals, 2 tries and a penalty to CR’s 1 goal and 3 tries. Police led 19-7 at half time.

The hero for Police was Apisai Naqaliva who orchestrated a historical win through some good power rugby which kept the crowd entertained. The Policeman combined exceptionally well to thrash their opponents by 41-22 and was on song as they did very little wrong during the 80 minutes of Rugby played.CR was shell shocked with the visitors approach to the game as they launched incessant waves of attack. This win was no stroke of luck the visitors were well deserved winners.

The home team was in control of the game the first few minutes spending a good five minutes in the opposition five meter area. The Police defense held on and eventually they earned good turnover ball for Apisai to take off from his own 22m to gain a good 70m with the help of his team mates who did well to be in support.

The Police forwards earned a penalty and No:8 and his Fijian chum Phili took a quick tap to drag the attention of few defenders and hand it over to Apisai to score the first try of the game. Samantha Lakshan made no mistake with his first conversion of the day.

It was a good passage of play for the Policemen and they repeated a similar move from their own 22m again Apisai breaking though and the forwards sharing a few shorts passes and off loads came to the CR 22m to score through Sudam Sooriyarachchi who went over untouched. The conversion was missed but the visitors had sprung to an early 12-0 lead.

These were worrying signs for CR but they did not panic as their skipper made a delightful break through to run a good 60m and score. Kanchana Ramanyake added the extras to reduce the deficit to 12-7. Police could have increased their tally but Samantha Lakshan missed two relatively easy penalties.

The continuity of the game maintained by both teams was impressive and pleasing to the eye of the gathered fans. CR shot themselves in the foot when their No:8 Papi Pharell made a terrible off load in their own 22m and Samantha Lakshan pounced on the opportunity to kick the loose ball to the try line and score for his team for Police to take a handy 19-7 lead at half time.

The lead would not worry the CR fans as they have made most of their come backs in the second half this season.

However, CR got off to an awful start in the second half conceding another goal and at 26-7, CR just could not get their act together. This was a different CR side to what we’ve seen thus far. At times they lacked direction and were wandering all over the park. However their luck turned around for few minutes when the Police No:8 was sin binned for foul play.

CR made the most of the next ten minutes to create a probable come back through Robee Malneek their ‘go to’ man who scored two tries in quick succession. and a neat mid field break by their prop Nipuna Devinda who had flanker Sasanka Ariyaratne in support did his part to pass the ball to Kanchana Ramanayake who had one man to beat and did so with ease to narrow the gap to 26-17. A few minutes later Apisai for the third time ran a good 60m from his own territory to earn penalty for his side. Samantha Lakshan this time around was on target and extended the lead to 29-17.CR still had time to come back but hope of a comeback was further spoiled when the Police skipper off a scrum in the opposition 22m crept through a gap between the fly half and the flanker to score a vital try for his team. 36-17 and the CR fans were nervously holding onto their seats. Both teams played a fast paced game which involved quick taps, pick and go’s and many off loads but Police on the day was defensively unmovable and brilliant in attack.

It was Apisai Naqaliva who ran past quite a few defenders to cover a good 40m and score the last try of the day for Police to seal the game in their favour. CR in the dying stages scored through Heshan Maduranga but it was too little too late, as despite been given three yellow cards during the game, the Police registered an emphatic win over CR at their home grounds.

Referee Norman drake handled the game well allowing a fast paced game


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Havelocks scored 5 goals and 2 tries to which Airforce responded with 1 goal and 3 penalties.

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