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Asian Five Nations Rugby:

Line judge’s error costly for Lanka

Sri Lanka was denied of a certain win due to an error of judgement by the side referee D. Nimal who indicated the field referee Anthony Tobi Lothian from Hong Kong that the match winning try scored by Lasinda de Costa came off a knock on as the Asian Five Nation Rugby encounter between the United Arab Emirates and the Sri Lankan ‘Tuskers’ ended in a 13 all draw at Longden Place yesterday. Both teams scored two tries and a penalty each as the scoreless first half did not produce anything spectacular due to heavy rain that prevailed and prevented the spectators of a game of exciting rugby.

Action at the Asian Five Nations Rugby encounter between Sri Lanka and UAE United Arab Emirates at CR & FC ground. The Match ended in a 13 all draw.

The wet ball and the soggy conditions underfoot did not permit teams to produce their best and it was confined to a forward battle skipper and Number 8 Sean with Wijesinghe, flanker Yositha Rajapakse and fly half Fazil Marija playing tirelessly in a mud larkers battle. UAE’s Michael Coxhill and Steve Osbourn gave their side the advantage winning the line outs and their forwards too played a pivotal role in the loose.

Side judge D. Nimal will surely have some sleepless nights because of his error in judgement of a legally scored try which should have given Sri Lanka the opportunity of remaining in the ‘A’ Division in the Asian Region Five Nation Tournament. Now the Lankans will have the gigantic task in defeating at least one of the other stronger teams in the tournament Japan, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan to be in the ‘A’ Division.

In the second half both sides found a bit of their fluency and Nuwan Hettiaarachchi fired over a penalty to put his side in the lead and thereafter an unconverted try scored off a three quarter move by prop Eranga Swarnathilleka stretched the home team lead to 8/0.

After Hettiaarachchi missing a penalty Jonathan Grady reduced the lead for the UAE putting over a penalty. Dan Boutwright put the score on par by scoring an unconverted try and winger Steve Smith gave the lead for the visitors 13/8 with an unconverted try.

The Lankans who were trailing by five points found the equaliser when Nuwan Hettiaarachchi covered good ground to touch down. Saliya Kumara missed the conversion.

At this point two penalties were missed by Nuwan Hettiaarachchi and Saliya Kumara and another by Jonathan Grady for UAE which should have decided the winner.

Anthony Tobi Lothian of Hong Kong refereed.

In the other game played in the tournament in Kazakhstan. Hong Kong beat host Kazakhstan 20-13.


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