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Brumbies pull one back



by Rajitha Ratwatte

The second game on Saturday was played in Canberra with the ACT Brumbies at home to the Wellington Hurricanes in front of a loud and patriotic crowd. The Hurricanes were at full strength and the Brumbies had that nuggetty Aussie battler of a scrum-half Nick White coming on off the bench. Paul Williams was the referee.

Two minutes into the game a kickable penalty was awarded to the ‘Canes was disregarded for touch and the Brumbies reciprocated in the ninth minute choosing the touch option off a possible three pointer well inside Hurricane’s territory.

The Brumbies decision paid off when Ryan Lonergan (one of two brothers playing for the Brumbies) in the number nine jersey scored under the posts allowing Lolesio to convert.

The 17th minute saw Dan Coles, skipper and hooker of the Hurricanes do his thing off the back of a maul, peel off and run ten meters to score the equaliser for the Wellingtonians 7 – 7.

The rugby was not scrappy and the Brumbies defence seemed to have done their homework, they were very organized. The refereeing was pedantic but fair as both sides were given no quarter by Paul Williams who was also very consistent throughout the match.

Twenty three minutes into the game Du Plessis Kirifi playing at number seven for the ‘Canes was pinged for a high tackle and although the crowd and commentators tried their best to get a red card the referee yellow-carded him.

The Hurricanes scrum was dominating winning two scrum penalties, but Dan Coles was not getting his line out throws on target, and this together with some penalties conceded by the ‘Canes on the attack, resulted in them losing momentum at important times. Rayasi who had a great game last week on the wing for the Hurricanes was looking overconfident, trying to run on his own and not passing when he should have. The Brumbies were unable to capitalize on their numerical advantage and the ten minutes that Kirifi spent in the bin passed without a change on the scoreboard.

Two minutes after the sides were restored to 15 each, the ‘Canes got a penalty around 40 meters out and Jordie Barret had no difficulty in adding three points to take the score to 10 – 7 with the Hurricanes going into half-time, in the lead.

Within the first minute of the second-half, a penalty from 30 meters out, which should have been bread and butter for Jordie Barret struck the left upright, thus reducing a chance for the Hurricanes to score on either side of the break.

Fifty minutes into the game Nick White came off the bench for the Brumbies and assumed the half-back position. He brought a new dimension into the game and the results were immediate with a beautifully timed pass (a la George Greegan!) to Len Niketau resulting in a try mid-left in the 51st minute. White himself stepped up to try and add the balance points but failed, 10 – 12 to the Brumbies.

The Hurricanes brought on their bench players and Dan Coles left the field. The Brumbies gained dominance in the scrums and line outs and Nick White’s presence was very evident and without Dan Coles to counter the niggling aggression, the ‘Canes were losing the initiative.

Seventy minutes into the game, a penalty that Jordie Barret may have had a go at was disregarded for touch and it seemed to pay off when the substitute prop for the Hurricanes showed great speed and scored under the posts but a very marginal knock-on (even in the view of the Aussie commentators) by Aardie Savea off the preceding ruck, quickly and vociferously pointed out by Nick White, resulted in the try being disallowed.

Two quick penalties awarded to the ‘Canes in the 72nd minute (mid-left and 35 meters out) and in the 77th minute (50 meters out and in front) were missed by the youngest of the Barret brothers, leaving the score unchanged at 10 – 12 to the ACT Brumbies. A technical victory in every sense of the word as the only possible impact on the tournament would be that the Hurricanes lose any chance, they had to feature in the final that looks like it will have the Auckland Blues and one other NZ team, depending on the final points tally from this weekend’s games.

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Australia T20 captain retires from international cricket




Aaron Finch hit 63 in his final international innings against Ireland at the 2022 Men's T20 World Cup (pic BBC)

BBC reported that former Australia white-ball captain Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Opening batter Finch, 36, was Australia’s T20 captain, having retired from one-day internationals in September..

He represented Australia in five Tests, 146 one-day internationals and 103 T20s, leading them to their first T20 World Cup title in 2021.

Finch said it had been “incredible honour” to play for Australia.

He is set to continue playing in domestic T20 competitions, including in the Big Bash League (BBL) for Melbourne Renegades.

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Fun Run announcing Asian Games at Port City today



The Fun Run announcing the Asian Games will be held at Port City today. The event was announced at a function held in Colombo on Monday.

The official Fun Run announcing the 19th Asian Games will be held under the patronage of the Olympic Council of Asia Director General -Dr. Husain Al-Musallam and a host of dignitaries at the Colombo International Financial City (Port City) today.

The quadrennial Asian Games which was originally scheduled for September 2022 was postponed in May due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in and around the host city of Hangzhou in China. The Game will now be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to October 8, 2023 under the motto of “Heart to Heart, @Future.”

The ‘Fun Run’ which acts like a baton relay of sorts was announced at a function held in Colombo yesterday.

The Fun Run will be held at the presence of Wu Jianzhong -Deputy Director of Games Services Department, Ge Jianyang -Staff of Press and Public Relations Department, Bao Hanyuan -Staff of Games Services Department and delegates from the Olympic Council of Asia. The National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka will be represented by its President Suresh Subramaniam, Secretary General NOC Sri Lanka Maxwell de Silva along with the executive committee of the NOC Sri Lanka.

To liven up this colourful pageant there will be a surfeit of sports and cultural activities involving over 700 persons. The highlight of the day’s activity will be a Jet Ski show presented by Sri Lanka Navy and a traditional Martial Art -Angampora Demonstration recited by the Army sports division. The President of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka Suresh Subramaniam aired the importance of the Fun Run. He said “the presence of the Olympic Council of Asia Director General -Dr. Husain Al-Musallam who is the main cog behind Asian Games 2022, signifies how serious they are about the success of the event. Besides that, there is a host of other Games Officials who will await eagerly to see the successful completion of this event and report back as to what Sri Lanka is capable of delivering. For us this is a momentous opportunity and we are taking it with both hands”.

Commenting on the significance of the event, NOC Sri Lanka Secretary General Maxwell de Silva said “akin to the Olympic Day Run or the Commonwealth Games Baton relay or the Asian Games Fun Run is very significant. In reality the “Fun Run” is the flag-off of the event and the Lankan leg of the baton that will take place at the Port City, Colombo.” The Olympic Council of Asia is stepping up its “Asian Games for All” promotional campaign right now.

A major part of this campaign is the Asian Games Fun Run, which is held throughout the continent and brings together elite athletes, social runners, students/children and sports officials. The OCA is working closely with the National Olympic Committees in all five zones to create a Fun Run calendar in order to promote the upcoming Asian Games and involve all levels of the community in a family-oriented activity. To this end, the OCA has released a schedule for February and March taking in two of the five zones: South Asia and South East Asia. The programme is still being assembled for the three remaining zones -West Asia, Central Asia and East Asia -in conjunction with the NOCs and will be released shortly.

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Amameth century propels Mahanama



Under 19 Cricket

by Reemus Fernando

A century by Kavindu Amameth was the highlight of the day as Mahanama posted 363 runs against De Mazenod on day one of the traditional cricket encounter at Kandana on Monday.

Amameth top scored with 126 runs (in 173 balls, 9x4s, 4x6s) and put on a third wicket stand of 206 runs with Inuka Karannagoda as Mahanama dominated proceedings on day one.

In the Under 19 Division I Tier ‘B’ match at Uyanwatta, St. Servatius’ cemented their top position in Group ‘Z’ by scoring a first innings points against Devapathiraja.


St. Servatius’ earn first innings points against Devapathiraja at Uyanwatta



113 all out in 35.3 overs (Gimhan Rasanjana 24, Pawan Sandesh 24, Tharush Damindu 3/18, Kushan Wijerama 4/25, Chathum Bimsara 2/32) and 151 for 8 decl. in 36.2 overs (Darshaka Sandeep 46, Jeewaka Shashin 31; Chathum Bimsara 2/21, Kushan Wijerama 3/34, Thisan Dewmith 2/40)

St. Servatius’

92 for 6 overnight 123 all out in 48.3 overs (Mithila Charles 39, Vishwa Supun 23, Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 25; Irushka Thimira 6/47, Puljith Wathsuka 2/34) and 110 for 4 in 26.2 overs (Mithila Charles 27, Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 36, Chiran Neththaru 23n.o.; Puljith Wathsuka 2/38)

Mahanama dominate day one proceedings at Kandana



363 all out in 92.1 overs (Kavindu Amameth 126, Inuka Karannagoda 75, Rashmika Perera 52, Chamika Heenatigala 24, Eshan Withanage 24; Kavindu Kaushalya 4/97, Thushan Udayanga 3/64, Sithum Fernando 3/71)

De Mazenod

2 for 1 in 5 overs

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