Army beat CR in the rain | Sunday Observer

Army beat CR in the rain

Action at yesterday’s CR vs Army encounter at Longden place.       Pic by Saman Mendis
Action at yesterday’s CR vs Army encounter at Longden place. Pic by Saman Mendis

A deligent forwards display by Army helped them to beat CR&FC by 24 points ( Two goals, two tries) to 10 ( Two tries) in a rain hit Dialog ‘A’ division league rugby match played at Longden Place yesterday.

The match was confined to a fierce forwards battle and the soldiers got the better out of their counterparts. The army played with better understanding while handling the wet ball, CR& FC dropped the ball at crucial moments and were unable to make much head way. Both teams started promisingly, but army drove into rucks and mauls efficiently for score four tries.

A good part of the first half produced a blank sheet, but in the 34 minute of the game the ‘red shirts’ opened scoring off a three quarter move where Shashan Mohammed gave the finishing touches . Army found the equaliser soon when Sujith Nanayakkara touched down to an unconverted try. Then at the stroke of the short whistle army won a line out and set the line in motion for Ashen Bandara to touch down which Gayan added the extra points

Army led 12-5 at the half time.

Ashen Bandara scored twice for the soldiers on resumption first when the ball was kicked towards in the CR territory a defender failed to collect and Bandara picked and crashed through to score. Bandara scored once again off a three quarter move. Prior to that CR&FC scored their second try through Reza refaideen which went unconverted.

referee. Irshad Cader 

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