Police crack open CH in dying moments | Sunday Observer

Police crack open CH in dying moments

29 January, 2023

A last minute try gave Police SC a well deserved victory by 27 points to 22 over CH & FC in a Nippon Paint Premier League rugby encounter played at Police Park yesterday.

Until then the scores were level on 22-all and Police were fired up as they knew this game was theirs for the asking. They went on a forwards foray and on occupying the CH half from ten metres out they finally succeeded with Muammer Deen going on the blind side to score the match winning try.

Police scored three tries two conversions and a penalty while CH scored only one try, a conversion and five penalties.

The game began with CH being successful through two penalties put over by Hirusha Hethmina with the game only 12 minutes old.

Then after three minutes Police fought back and scored a try by their skipper Nisala Samadhi who went over after a quick short tap off a penalty.

Yohan Pieris converted the try and they went ahead 7-6.

CH again went ahead through a penalty put over by Hirusha Hethmina from 35 metres. He had his kicking boot on and gave the impression that CH was relying on him to bring them victory.

Police again went ahead through a penalty put over by Yohan Pieris to lead 10-9 at that point.

Police kept making attacking moves and despite some poor ball handling they went near the CH goal line. They managed to turn around possession and skipper Nisala Samadhi went over for a vital try. Pieris converted and Police went ahead 17-9 with the stroke of half time.

After the turnaround as expected CH relied on their place kicker who put over two penalties within twelve minutes to reduce the lead to just two points.

Another penalty gave CH a try by skipper Prasad Madushanka who put the finishing touches to a forwards drive. Hirusha Nethmina was successful with the conversion and CH went ahead 22-17.

However, Police did not lose hope and went on the offensive and scored a try when they won a line out with Akash Madushanka going over.

With the scores level on 22-all, Police kept their hopes alive and sensing victory went forward through their forwards and a series of moves saw Muammer Deen go over to their jubilation.

Aruna Shantha refereed.