Disciplined CH & FC slay down Havelocks


CH & FC player Avantha Lee (with the ball) is tackled by a Havelocks player in their inter-club Rugby match played at the Race Course grounds on Sunday. CH won 40 points to 33. (Pic by Kamal Wanniarachchi)

After a brilliant win over the defending champions - Kandy SC last week, CH & FC followed it up with a convincing performance against Havelocks SC, beating them 40 points to 33 in their Dialog Rugby League 2018/19 second round fixture played at the Racecourse International Stadium, Colombo yesterday. 

One of the best place-kickers in the current league, Samuel Maduwantha got the scoreboard moving for the Maitland Crescent lads, booting over an easy penalty kick. But, the early lead for CH & FC was short-lived when Havies’ experienced prop forward Dushmantha Priyadarshana barged over for a try, which was neatly converted by Riza Mubarak.

The visiting forwards were dominant in the first half as hooker Azmir Fajudeen initiated a push-over try to extend their lead. Priyadarshana made another exceptional carry, which resulted in flanker Shawket Laheer crossing the white line as Havies took the early honours. 

However, CH & FC managed to reduce the deficit with two quick tries by their center combination. Firstly, it was Hirantha Perera, who shrugged off two defenders to find the whitewash. Then, Adam Gauder ran a perfect angle to find Havies defense in all sorts of trouble. 

Scrum-half, Mithun Hapugoda injected some pace and life into the Havies attacking game and scored their bonus-point securing fourth try of the match, while his counterpart, Sudam Sooriyarachi did the same, with a piece of brilliance to touch down as CH & FC made the final score before the half-time break. The scores at the break read 26-22 in favour of the visiting Havelock SC outfit. 

After lemons, CH & FC managed to get back into the lead. This time, it was through the league’s highest points-scorer, Maduwantha, who ran around the scrappy defence of Havelocks to touch down under the post.  

Against the run-of-play, the momentum shifted back, towards Havelocks when Gauder received a yellow card for a high tackle. 

With the one-man advantage, the Men in Pink found their way back into the game. Mubarak’s cross-kick paved the way for Chamara Dabare to score as Havies touched down for the fifth time in the game.  

However, CH & FC held their nerve in the final ten minutes to secure the game as Maduwantha slotted two penalties, either side of Sooriyarachi’s match-winning try. Incidentally, this was the eighth straight win for CH & FC in the tournament. 

Full Time: CH & FC 40 - Havelock SC 33

Referee - Lawrence Wilkinson

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