Air Force stretch Kandy surprising own supporters | Sunday Observer

Air Force stretch Kandy surprising own supporters

8 January, 2023

Kandy Sports Club, the unbeaten League rugby champions, defeated a spirited Air Force Sports Club outfit by a score of 24 to 18 in their Nippon Paint Inter Club match last weekend at the Nittawela Rugby Stadium in Kandy.

The winners were up 12- 6 at the time of the break.

Kandy SC as a champion side put up a pitiful performance and they should consider themselves lucky to have pulled it off on the end as the Air Force SC players performed admirably well even surprising their own supporters.

Tharinda Ratwatte, Lavanga Perera, Kavindu Perera and Dinal Ekanayake scored a try each for Kandy with Ratwatte on target with two of the conversions. Kalana Chamoditha and Gayantha Iddamalgoda scored for Air Force while Nuwan Perera succeeded with one conversion.

Havies beat Navy 22-10

After leading 15-0, Havelocks managed to pull off a hard-fought 22-10 win over a dejected Navy SC outfit at Welisara. At halftime, Havies led 15-0.

For the winners Havelocks, Dinupa Seneviratne, Christian De Lile and Mithun Hapugoda scored the tries while Sandesh Jayawickrema put over the two conversions and the solitary penalty. Musheen Falleel scored the only try and Thilina Wijesinghe put over the penalty and the conversion for the losing Navy SC.

CR defeat Police 36-22

The high-riding Red Shirts scored a runaway 36 points to 22 win over Police SC at Longden Place last week as the scores were tied at 12-12 at halftime.

For the CR outfit Ruchira Ekanayake scored two tries while Ashan Darling and Raveen De Silva scored one try apiece with Thenuka Nanayakkara making two conversions and Chathura Seneviratne slotting in four penalties for the winners. Heshan Thilakaratne crossed the line for one try while Yohan Peiris put over three penalties and a conversion and Prince Chamara fired a drop-goal for the losing Police SC outfit.

CH hold Army 31-31

CH came from behind to snatch a thrilling 31-31 draw against the Army SC at Racecourse ground last week. At halftime Army was leading 21-17.

For CH and FC centre Dinuk Amarasinghe, Hirusha Sampath, Prasath Madushanka and Udara Jayapala scored the tries while Hirusha Sampath converted all four tries and slotted in the penalty as well. For Army Sudaraka Dikkumbura scored two tries while Lahiru Ekanayake and Mohammed Akram scored one try apiece and Chathuranga Pereira slotted in the four conversions. The solitary penalty was fired across by Lasantha Kumara.