CR in lacklustre win
The Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club opened their season in a
winning note, when they defeated Sri Lanka Air Force by 29-3; in
a Caltex inter-club league tournament first round game played at
Longden Place yesterday. The winners collected their points from
two goals and three tries to their opponents’ solitary penalty.
At ‘lemons’CR led 17-3.
In a nutshell CR forwards were outstanding with their power play
with Anuruddha Darmathilake, Pavithra Fernando, Danushka Perera,
Diran Warnakulasuriya and Dushan Lewke excelling. The CR back
division failed to live upto expectations as many of their moves
were thwarted by their opposite numbers. But Niroshan
Karunanayake, Nishan de Silva and Mohammed Sheriff had an
The Airmen on the other hand had to blame themselves for not
capitalising on opportunities given. Their forwards though they
lacked in weight, had a fare share in set pieces. They excelled
in spoiling work. Their back division could not deliver any
‘surprises’ as they were nailed down by their opponents on many
CR drew first blood when wing three-quarter Nishan de Silva went
over after a second phase move. De Silva playing his first club
rugby game displayed a clean pair of heels. Fly half Dev Anand
failed with the conversion. But the Airmen hit back to reduce
the lead, with a 30-meter penalty by their fly half Chanaka
Chandimal. Then CR struck back from a 10-meter line out from the
Air force touch line. Anand dummied and gave an inside pass to
center Karunanayake, who went over, taking the Air Force defence
by surprise. Anand converted to make it 12-3. CR again scored
when flanker Pavithra Fernando barged over for an unconverted
try. Anand missed an easy 20-meter penalty before the short
In the second half Airmen performed well to contain their
opponents. But CR forwards dominated again when Lewke, replacing
Warnakulasuriya, scored from a maul. Sheriff taking the kicking
duties failed with the conversion. During last stages of the
game, center Karunanayake ran through several defenders
unopposed to score under the post. Sheriff converted.
Air Force prop Saumya Silva was given a yellow card for a
The game was controlled by Priyantha Gunarathna.
Lions thrash Vidyartha
Marikkar, Kandy Correspondent
Trinity College registered their second consecutive victory
trouncing their home town rivals, Vidayartha College by 60
points to 9 in the Singer League inter school rugby tournament
match played at Nittawela yesterday.
Trinity led 15-9 at the breather.
Lions collected their points off five goals and five tries while
Vidyartha countered with three penalties.
It was Vidyartha who drew first blood off two back to back
penalties put over by fly half, Tharaka Dissanayake and number
eight, Hirindu Wijeratne to lead 6 points to nil. Then came the
first breakthrough for the lions with an unconverted try by
their number eight, Ruzni Ramzeen. Vidyartha who led 6-5 at this
stage increased their lead with a yet another penalty put over
by Wijeratne, but this stood as their last scoring.
Shortly before lemons, which came in after a seven minute delay,
Trinity scored twice through, prop forward, Mohamed Riyazy and
then by centre, Shenan Armstrong, but his brother Kennan missed
the conversations on both attempts.
After the cross over it turned out to be a one sided affair with
Trinity planting tries serially. Leading the count was their
dashing winger, Vishvajith Wijesinghe who scored thrice, while
number eight, Ruzni Ramzeen went on to score his second try in
the game. The others who contributed with a try apiece were prop
forward, Ishrath Singhalaxshana, flanker Idris Omar and Mohamed
Hameed while Kennan Armstrong put over five conversations.
Imran Carder refereed.
Punjab, Bangalore squeeze out
Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers dished out one of the best
games of the IPL at Bangalore on Saturday. In a relatively
low-scoring match in which the bowlers from both teams had
plenty of say, Bangalore squeezed out a dramatic three-run win -
their second of the tournament and the first at home - to move
to sixth in the points table.
In the other match for the day Kings Punjab kept their nerves to
beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 runs under lights at Mohali.
This match had it all: some good bowling, some excellent
batting, and plenty of frayed nerves. In the end, Punjab clung
on to win. The crowd has been treated to a super game. Yuvraj
had no hesitation batting first on this run-filled surface and
thanks to some cameos Punjab put up 178 for 6. Sreesanth and
Pathan then struck twice each at the start to take four wickets
inside five overs and from there it was all uphill for Kolkata.
Hussey and Saha refused to give up, adding 104 in 9.1 overs,
which is a Twenty20 record for the sixth wicket. Hussey made 71
from 46 balls before falling in the penultimate over, Saha
remained unbeaten on 59 from 32 but it wasn’t enough. Kolkata
lost their third game on the trot.
At Bangalore: Bangalore Royal
Challengers beat Deccan Chargers by 3 runs.
Bangalore Royal Challengers 156-8 (20) (W Jaffer 44, V Kohli
38, R Dravid 26, RP Singh 3/41, P Oiha 2/28)
Deccan Chargers 153-6 (20) (VVS Laxman 52, R Sharma 57,
Zaheer Khan 2/24, P Kumar 3/23).
At Mohali: Kings XI Punjab beat
Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 runs.
Kings Punjab XI 178-6 (20) (S Marsh 40, K Sangakkara 28, I
Pathan 24 n.o., P Chawla 21 n.o., Umar Gul 2/27)
Kolkata Knight Riders 169-6 (20) (D Hussey 71, P Saha 59 n.o.,
S Sreesanth 2/25, I Pathan 2/18).
swamp Old Zahirians 120/5
Kandy SC opened their season with a crushing 120
points to 5 win over Old Zahirians SC at Maitland Crescent
yesterday. The whole game was one-sided affairs as the hill
capital club went on to collect their points with ease. It was a
pity to see Old Zahirians so totally outclassed with all their
efforts to invade the Kandy territory brought to nought. As many
as eleven Old Zahirian players were injured and four players had
to be taken off the field sustaining heavy injuries.
Kandy scored 13 goals and 5 tries to Old Zahirians’ solitary
try. For Kandy SC Sanjeewa Jayasinghe scored 4 tries and Pradeep
Liyanage landed 3 tries under the post. Tissa Weeratunga and
Erandha Weerakkody scored 2 tries each. The rest of the tries
were scored by Duleep Selvam, Prasad Chathuranga. Fazil Marijah,
Sameera Silva, Sajith Mallikarachchi and Radhika Hettiarachchi.
Hettiarachchi converted 8 tries while Weerakkody put over 5. The
solitary try for the losers came just two minutes before the
final whistle from Nadun Perera who managed to make the only
breakthrough from the tough Kandy defence. At lemons Kandy led
61-nil. Pradeep Fernando officiated the game.
suffer shock defeat
S. Thomas’, Mt. Lavinia shocked defending league
champions St. Peter’s beating them by 22 points (one goal, three
tries) to 19 (one goal, three penalties, one drop goal) to win
the Archibald trophy after a lapse of two years in their schools
rugby fixture played at Mt. Lavinia yesterday. This is the first
time the Peterites have lost a league match in two years.
Thomians, playing in their own den clearly had the home
advantage. But the Peterites remained as the hot favourites till
the last minute of the game. Thomians opened their account
within the first quarter of the game when winger Heshan
Gunaratne touched down and also added the extra points.
St. Peter’s were quick to equalise. Their center Dilshan Paul
crossed the Thomian line and fly half Harsh Weerakkody did the
rest to make it 7-all. Seconds before the short whistle
Weerakkody converted a penalty to put the Peterites ahead 10-7.
Within the first five minutes of the second half, Thora scrum
half Manjith managed a try to put them ahead 12-10. The lack of
form of Thomian place kicker Heshan Gunaratne was a marked point
throughout the game. Several golden opportunities were missed
particularly during the second half.
Another try was scored by Thora flanker Jeewaka Hewawitharana to
increase the lead to 17-10. The Peterite place kicker Harsh
Weerakkody in contrast scored 12 points off his boot. Till the
last thirty seconds of the game Peterites were leading 19 points
to 17, but Shevin Kapuwatte’s last minute try sealed the issue
in the Thomians favour.
It was a shocking result for the visitors who were beaming with
confidence till the last minute of the match. A classy display
of top rugby and team work was displayed by both teams and the
huge gathering got the right sort of entertainment they were
longing to see. The last occasion Thomians beat the Peterites
was in 2005 under the captaincy of Namal Rajapakse. – [SKR]
‘Battle of the Mangoosteens’
impresses in drawn game
Malith Chathuranga ended with an impressive
all-round performance - a match-bag of 8 wickets for 82
including a five-wicket haul and a fine knock of 59 runs in the
second innings for Tissa Central as their 50th annual ‘big
match’ against Kalutara Vidyalaya ended in a tame draw at
Kalutara yesterday. Continuing from their overnight score of 116
for 4, Kalutara Vidyalaya was bowled out for 183 in 56.5 overs.
D. Madhusanka (40) and skipper Isuru Waduge (43) batted
sensibly. Tissa’s right-arm off-cutter Chathuranga came up with
a five wicket haul (5/55) to restrict the opponents.
In their second essay Tissa Central declared their innings after
piling up 191-9 in 68.2 overs. Chathuranga came back with a
brilliant knock of 59 greatly supported by Asanka Gihan who
chipped in with 37. Samith Priyan took 4 for 62 for Kalutara.
Chasing a target of 162 for victory in 14 overs, Kalutara was
badly placed at 45 for 5 in 10.5 overs at close of play.
Chathuranga captured three wickets conceding 27 runs in the
Scores: Tissa Central 153 and 191-9 dec. (Malith Chathuranga 59,
Asanka Gihan 37, Samith Priyan 4/62)
Kalutara Vidyalaya 116-4 contd 183 (D. Madhushanka 40, Isuru
Waduge 43, I. Sashimal 21, Malith Chathuranga 5/55, Asanka Gihan
2/31) and 49-5 at close (I. Dharshana 35, Malith Chathuranga
3/27, Dinesh Chathuranga 2/16) (MNA)
Joes beat Wesley
In a Singer inter-school rugby encounter of
Division 1B, St. Joseph’s beat Wesley by 27 points to 10 points
at the St. Peter’s grounds, Bambalapitiya yesterday. It was the
Wesleyites who opened scoring soon after the first whistle.
Centre-forward Ashwin Omar scored a try which was converted by
Dilanjan Perera. Soon after Perera was again successful when he
made use of a penalty to increase the lead in the first 20
minutes of the game to 10-nil.
After a couple of minutes Josephian flanker Dhananjaya Silva
scored a try which was converted by Dilshan Devananda. Devananda
and flanker Adrian Hekal added two more unconverted tries to put
St. Joseph’s in the lead 17-10 at the breather. In the second
half the Wesleyites fought back to gain the momentum in the game
but the Josephian’s defended much better to avoid their
opponents from scoring any more. Naveen Abeyratne and Devananda
invaded the Wesley territory to add 10 more points by two
unconverted tries before the game ended. AC Tennakoon refereed
the match. (MNA)
Asian Five Nations Rugby
Hong Kong wins
HONG KONG (AFP) — Hong Kong beat
Kazakhstan 23-17 in the Asian Five Nations tournament Saturday,
keeping up the pressure on early pacesetters Japan.
The home side ran in three tries to two in hot conditions in the
clash amid the city’s skyscrapers.
In the earlier game Saturday, Japan trounced the Arabian Gulf
114-6 for their second win in two matches.