Last minute try gives CH a 22-17 win over Army
RUGBY: A last minute try by CH and FC full-back Milinda
Jayasinghe gave his team a thrilling 22 points (2 goals, 1 try, 1
penalty) to 17 (2 goals, 1 penalty) win over Sri Lanka Army in their
Caltex ‘A’ Division League rugby match played at Maitland Crescent
yesterday after trailing 7-10 at the breather.
Milinda was CH and FC’s hero as he collected a kick by an Army
defender in CH’s ‘40’ and made a long kick followed it and collected the
ball to score by the left-corner flag much to the joy of the CH
Omar Hassen missed the conversion as referee Pradeep Fernando blew
the final whistle to give CH a thrilling win. CH won a major share of
possession with Achala Perera striking a shade faster than his vis-a-vis
Jayalal in the set scrums and the CH duo of Senarath and Sanjeewa having
the edge over Army’s Ratnayake and Susantha in the line-outs.
But the CH three-quarters could not make much headway with centres
Ruchika Fernando and Rukshan Wijesinghe either spilling their passes or
being tackled in possession time and again by their opposite numbers
Asanka Perera and Duminda Wickremaratne which resulted in their speedy
wingers Lakala Perera and Niranjan Wickremaratne being kept in cold
The soldiers opened scoring in the 9th minute when winger Saliya
Handapangoda collected a clearance kick by a CH defender and dashed
through 40-metres to score a spectacular try under the posts. T. A.
Silva added the extra points. Army 7-0.
Seven minutes later CH equalised when hooker Achala Perera made a
powerful 30-metre run and slipped out a pass to centre Ruchika Fernando
who scored under the posts to give Nuwan Basnayake an easy kick at goal.
Ten minutes before the breather the soldiers took the lead when
full-back T. A. Silva fired across a 30-metre penalty and Army led 10-7
at half time.
In the 2nd minute after resumption CH equalised once again when Nuwan
Basnayake put over 30-metre penalty (10-all). Two minutes later off a
second phase move in midfield Army set their three-quarters in motion
and winger Saliya Handapangoda sped over 30-metres to touch down by the
left-corner flag. T. A. Silva made a splendid conversion and Army led
In the last 15-minutes CH made an all out assault on the Army goal
line and succeeded in breaching their defence when off a short-tap taken
in the Army ‘40’. CH set their threes in motion and substitute winger
Indika Udayakumara scored mid left. Omar Hassen made a splendid
conversion to make it 17-all.
Then came CH’s last minute try to give them a 22-17 win.