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Kandy beat Army 42-11 retains league title

Kandy Sports Club retained the Caltex 'A' division League rugby title for the ninth successive year when they defeated Army SC by 42 points (5 tries, 2 goals and a penalty) to 11 (1 try. 2 penalties) in their penultimate league match played at Longden Place yesterday.

The winners led 13\8 at the half time.

The soldiers did well to contain the champion Kandy out fit in the first half, but the second half proved to be disastrous for the army as the Kandy team got their act together from the very first minute of the second half and went on the rampage.

Winger Sanjeeva Jayasinghe opened the 'gates' for the defending champions when he covered over fifty meters to touch down under the post which was converted by Saliya Kumara and he crossed the army line once again in quick succession to put his side into an impregnable position. There after Pradeep Liyanage, Shashika Jayawardena and Danushka Pushpakumara scored tries with Roshan Weeraratne adding the extra points. Sanjeeva Jayasinghe opened scoring for Kandy through an unconverted try. Army struck back when R. Meepage touched down and the scored were 5\5. Saliya Kumara's penalty put the Kandyans ahead 8\5.

Kandy forged ahead when Fazil Marija collected a pass from Pradeep Liyanage and pierced the Army defence. Saliya Kumara failed to add the extra points. Kapila Knowlton fired over the penalties for Army.

Referee: Priyantha Gunaratne.

 

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