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Sunday, 24 May 2009





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Kandy in an unimpressive win

Defending Caltex League Champion Kandy Sports Club put up an unimpressive display to score 27 points (2 goals, 2 tries, 1 penalty), to 6 (1 drop goal, 1 penalty) win over Sri Lanka Air Force in their Caltex League Rugby tournament match played at Nittawela yesterday. At half Kandy led 8-3.

Kandy worst with this match without 7 of their regulars' all national players. They were go short of players that they named their manager. Kapila Silva in the reserves list and was seen seated in the bench awaiting a call from the middle at any time. Even the injured Fazil Mariga was in the bench to meet any contingency.

It was no doubt a lack lustre game or rugby at slow motion in other words and the flamtboyant Kandy's rugby was not on show.

Kandy drew first blood in the 10th minute when pool forward kishore Jehan scored off a mauch with centre Mohamed Sheriff failing to add the extra points. Kandy 5-0.

Air Force reduced the lead in the 14 minute through a 30 metre drop goal excuted by stand off Roshan Hapugastenna.

In the 25th minute Kandy increased their lead through a 20 metre penalty fixed by full back Radhika Hethiarachchi Kandy 8-3.

Kandy further increased their lead in the 6th minute of second when Acting captain Sameera Silva playing in his 13th year for the club freezed his way to score by right corner flag. Radhika Hettiarachchi made a brilliant conversion. Kandy 15-3.

In the 14th minute scrum half Krishantha Rajapakse sneaked over to score by the right corner. Full back. Radhike Hettiarachchi with a well directed kick added the extra points. Kandy 22-3.

In the 26th minute Air Force were awarded a penalty and stand off Roshan Hapugastenna converted. Air Force 6-22.

During the injury time Kandy's substitute winger Dhanushka Pushpakumara scored off a three quarter move.

D. Nimal refereed.



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