Havies rally to down Police
In an eventful second half, Havelocks got the better of a determined
Police outfit to beat them by 27 points (three goals and two penalties)
to 24 (three goals and one penalty) in their second round Dialog inter
club League rugby encounter played at Police Park yesterday.
Police Number Eight Radesha Seneviratne is held by a
Havelocks defender in their second round League rugby match
at Police Park yesterday (Picture by Tilak Perera)
Havelocks were on the move more than their opponents during the
initial half of the game. They won a lot of possession in the scrums and
through their jumpers in the line-outs, but were unable to score due to
lack of cohesion.
Their three-quarter line was in disarray and a trifle slow.
But Police in their limited forays into the Havies territory drew
first blood through their Number Eight Radeesha Seneviratne with Reza
Mubarak adding the extra points to the try.
Police led 7-0 at lemons.
Soon after the turnaround Havies touched down off a maul when Lasinda
Karunatilleke crashed through to score under the post and Rimzi
Jamaldeen made no mistake with the conversion.
With the scores on par 7-7 Havies struck in rapid succession when
hooker Prasad Madusanka broke off from a maul and sprinted some 40
meters to score under the post for Rimzi Jamaldeen to put over the easy
Minutes later Police hit back in similar fashion when Udara Chanaka
intercepting a pass covered good ground to touch down.
Full back Reza Mubarak added the extra points and once again the
scores were equal 14-14.
Thereafter it was an exhibition of kicking with Rimzi Jamaldeen
firing over two penalties for the Havies and Reza Mubarak putting over
one for police as the scores stood at 17-20.
Police’s Number Eight Radeesha Seneviratne gave the side the cutting
edge by scoring his second converted try to make the scores 24-20.
During the dying stages of the game Havies sealed the match in their
favour when Dushmantha Priyadharshana touched down for a push-over try
and the much needed extra points were added by Rimzi Jamladeen who along
with his opposite number Reza Mubarak had a fine outing. Referee: Dinka