Navy defeat lethargic Havies

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By 2017-11-19

Navy Sports Club beat Havelock Sports Club 25 points (3 tries, 2 conversions, a penalty, a drop goal) to 14 points (2 tries, 2 conversions) in a Dialog Rugby League played Navy grounds in Welisara yesterday.

Havelocks scored the first try in the 8th minute. They were given three penalties in the first six or seven minutes and rather than going for the kick, they chose to apply pressure and scored at last through winger Kevin Dixon. Reeza Mubarak made the conversion and helped to give them a 7-0 lead.

Navy equalized in the 15th minute. Centre Mushin Falil received the ball from Buddhima Priyaratne and ran immediately to dive over for a try. Place kicker of the Navy team Thilina Weerasinghe converted to equalize.

Weerasinghe scored three points in the 25th minute. Navy were given a penalty and they chose to go for the kick and Weerasinghe converted to give them the lead, 10-7.

Navy forwards played well in the first half. They outplayed Havelocks in scrums and lines out. They put pressure through a driving maul and scored through second rower L. Vishwajith in the 30th minute. Weerasinghe again kicked right and Navy took a 17-7 lead. They continued to play well in the first half and went on to score another try which helped them to build pressure. Second row Supun Peiris scored the try after he pushed away a Havelock defender. But Weerasinghe this time failed to convert.

Navy led 22-7 at the half time.

Havelock came close to scoring in the second half when Dixon ran quickly but Dulanjana Wijesinghe stopped him with a good tackle. There were many injuries during this half as well, but Navy somehow were able to keep the lead.

Weerasinghe had a drop goal and extended their lead to 25 points and the lethargic Havelock could not recover. They tried hard but Navy defended well.

Dixon scored a try in the final minutes of the game, but that was not enough for the Havelocks to get ahead.

Irshad Cader refereed.

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