CH in vigorous win over CR

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By 2017-11-18

Charged with new vigor and determination CH & FC played well to their abilities to earn their first win this season when they defeated arch rivals CR & FC by 19 points (2 tries, 3 penalties) to 12 (2 tries, a conversion) in a Dialog Rugby League fixture played at Race Course rugby ground yesterday.

While their entire team played well to defend stoutly their potential penetrative runners did the scoring. This left the flat footed CR side bemused and out of ideas on how to obtain their points.

CH began scoring in the ninth minute when they earned a penalty and Samuel Maduwantha kicked right to take the lead.

CH scored again in the 18th minute when centre Lee Keegal received a pass from full back Maduwantha who had linked up with the back line. Keegal dashed past over 45 metres to score a try by the corner flag. Maduwantha failed to find the target.

Then it was CR's turn to score and winger Reza Rafaideen scored off a second phase move. Tharinda Ratwatte did well to add the extra points from an acute angle.

With the difference being only one point CR tried hard to add more points but Ratwatte failed with a fairly easy penalty kick. In their desperate attempt to stop the marauding CH forwards led by number eight Omalka Gunaratne were often seen going high on the offending CH players. One such occasion CH were awarded a penalty and Maduwantha was successful in putting over the kick to take the lead 11-7 until half time.

CH surged into the lead after the turn around. They won a loose maul and acting as fly half Maduwantha kicked the ball ahead and centre Lee Keegal was quick to follow and collect and score his second try of the game. Play was centred midfield for a long period and after that towards the end of time CH scored again, when Maduwantha put over a penalty kick for a high tackle. That gave CH the clear lead and left CR desperately needing to score twice if they wished to win. The scores were 19-7 in favour of CH but CR were looking out to score and made several moves towards the CH territory. They were hounding the CH goal line and after taking a short tap sent Kushan Indunil over for a try off an open play. The conversion was missed and with that the long whistle was blown by referee Rohan Fernando.

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