Kandy trounce Police
70-7 to win Clifford Cup:
In an amazing Cup final rugby encounter, Kandy Sports Club romped
home by a margin of 70 points (six goals, seven tries) to 7 (a goal) to
beat Police Sports Club in their Clifford Cup final knock out rugby
encounter played at Nittawela, Kandy yesterday.
The fancied Kandy SC won the coveted Clifford Cup for the 19th
occasion as they gave a pulsating display of rugby to keep the home
crowd jubilant. The winners led 45-7 at 'lemons'. The win may be some
sort of a world record for a 'Cup' final as the Policemen although
fielding two Fijians players in their ranks gave a pathetic display
playing like a bunch of schoolboys who were clueless when to attack and
defence as their pattern of play was in total disarray.
On the other hand Kandy SC gave a splendid display in attack and
defence to completely rattle the lawenforcement officers. The up country
club gave a fine display and furious rugby after many years. With this
win Kandy took the grand double by winning the League and the Knockout
after four years.
Flanker Marcel Groen Wald opened scoring for the winners with a
hat-trick of tries and scored one more to make it four for the match.
Marcel's robust style of play made the Kandy team stronger even without
their South African player Christopher Cloete who has gone back to his
When the game was barely four minute, sold flanker Marcel Groen Wald
opened scoring with a sequence of sidestepping and Roshan Weeraratne
gave them the extra points.
He was in fine form scoring in rapid succession to complete a rare
Cup final hat-trick. Weeraratne made no mistakes with the conversions
and Kandy was cruising 21-0 towards a big score.
Police reduced the deficit when centre Apisai Naqaliva scored the
solitary try for Police which Rimzi Jamaldeen added the extra points.
Aruna Rankothge refereed.