Riza Mubarak kicks CR & FC to victory



BY SAVEEN THARINDA


Former Sri Lanka full-back and CR & FC’s newest match-winner, Riza Mubarak kicked 13 points to guide his team to an important but a close 23-17 win over CH & FC in their Dialog Rugby League 2019/2020 match played at the Race Course International Stadium, Colombo yesterday.


CR & FC started scoring as early as the fourth minute when outside center Janidu Dilshan kicked a loose ball, chased and scored an easy try to take CH & FC by surprise. Mubarak added the extras to give a seven-point lead for the visitors early on.


They extended their early lead to 10 points in the 16th minute of the match, when Mubarak kicked a penalty kick due to repeated infringements by the home team.


CH & FC got the opportunity to add three points but Arshad Jamaldeen’s kick went astray in the 22nd minute of the first half. However, they struck through prop Sathya Ranathunga, who muscled over a couple of CR & FC defenders to go over the white line with less than 15 minutes to go for the half-time whistle.


The best moment of the match came in the 35th minute when winger Gemunu Chethiya was set loose by Mubarak with a perfectly-executed drubber kick. Jamaldeen, the CH & FC full-back had no answer to Chethiya’s pace and stepping skills as CR & FC went into the half-time break on 17 points, with a 10-point lead. 


After the 10-minute break, CR & FC lost one of their key players, Panduka Angammana for 10 minutes as he put an arm around a CH & FC player. The hosts used the advantage of the extra-man and scored in the far corner when hooker Prasad Madusanka touched down courtesy a rolling maul.


When Mubarak was successful throughout the game with his boot – putting over another penalty to keep CH & FC eight points behind the CR & FC score, Jamaldeen had a poor day at the office as he failed to convert possession into points.


CH & FC sniffed a comeback when Ranathunga scored his second try in the 65th minute of the match. The scores read 20-17 at that stage but the CR & FC replacements stood out under tough conditions to defend their line.  Mubarak put the game to bed with another penalty kick in the dying stages of the match as CR & FC secured their second win in the season in as many games.


Full-Time: CR & FC 23 (2T, 2C, 3P) – CH & FC 17 (3T, 1C)


Referee – Gihan Yatawara


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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