Kandy clinch Rugby Double with 16-5 win in Clifford Cup final
RUGBY: Kandy Sports Club not only regained the Caltex Clifford Cup
but also completed the rugby double when they scored a rousing 16 points
(2 tries, 1 penalty, 1 drop goal) to 5 (1 try) win over CR and FC in the
finals of the Clifford Cup rugby tournament match played before a large
crowd at Nittawela yesterday. At half time scores stood deadlocked at 5
The first half was completely dominated by the Red Shirts. It was
lack of finish to their moves which prevented them from running up a
But there was a complete transformation of play after the turn around
with Kandy putting power and aggression into their play which rattled
the Red Shirts and this resulted in them making many errors and going
for the man than the ball. Referee had to time and again warn the Red
Shirts for dangerous play and one of them had to be sent on 'Sin Bin'.
After applying pressure right from the kick off CR and FC kept the
score board moving when full back Radhika Hettiarachchi carried the ball
for some distance and off loaded to winger Ravindra Wekadapola who went
over far left. That was in the 10th minute. Hooker Senthil Kumar failed
with a difficult kick at goal. CR led 5-0.
This turned out to be the only scoring for CR in the match.
In the 22nd minute Kandy could have scored but a forward pass from
centre Pradeep Liyanage to Nalaka Weerakoddy put an end to this move.
In the 28th minute a 35 metre penalty awarded in front for Kandy was
fluffed by Nalaka Weerakoddy and Kandy once again lost an opportunity of
opening their account.
In the 30th minute CR almost scored when Nalaka Weerakoddy failed to
gather the ball and hooker Senthil Kumar pounced on the loose ball over
the line but the referee declared it was a knock forward.
Just before the short blast Kandy won a line out inside CR territory
through flanker Imran Bisthamin who sent a quick pass to scrum half
Saliya Kumara who went along the blind side and sprinted away to touch
down near the right post. Nalaka Weerakoddy failed to add the extra
CR and FC never tried to come back into the game with constructive
play. They were rattled and they could not produce the aggression and
power of the first half as they slowly waned as the game went into its
In the 30th minute Nalaka Weerakoddy fired a 35 metre penalty to put
Kandy ahead for the first time. Kandy 8-5.
In the 35th minute Nalaka Weerakoddy executed a 35 metre drop goal
for Kandy to increase their lead to 11-5.
In the 38th minute of play Kandy forged further ahead when winger
Mohomed Jabbar who replaced Sameera Silva collected a pass from centre
Pradeep Liyanage and scored near the right post. But full back Nalaka
Weerakoddy failed to add the extra points and Kandy ran out winners by
16 points to 5.
Orville Fernando refereed.