Police kept their hopes alive to remain in the top four after a 19 points (3 tries, two conversions) to 10 (2 tries) victory over Sri Lanka Army in their inter club Rugby fixture of the Nippon Paint Inter Club Rugby League Tournament at Police Park yesterday.
Due to some poor place kicking, once again Army missed out 13 valuable points which deprived them of certain victory. Capitalising on the given chances the Cops made one scoring opportunity in the first half while running away two more in the second which enabled them to outsmart the rivals and to retain their hopes of being within the top four teams of the competition while scoring their second win.
After ome tantalising moments of play the home team posted the initial scoring when their number eight Shanaka Harischndra broke off a ruck to score which fly half Yohan Peiris added the extra points to make the score line 7-0. With this opening both teams fought hard using their three quarters immensely in search of the scoring opportunities.Once again the soldiers missed out earning nine valuable points in the first half through penalty conversion which were with in the 30 metres range. Few minutes before the breather Army fly half Dilshan Hettiarachchi planted a try mid left which too went unconverted from a 20 metre distance. At breather home team led 7-5.
After the turn around there were some anxious moments of play. The visitors improvised the pressure once again using the backs where centre Sudaraka Dikkumbura looked nippy while making some thundering moves. Army’s other Centre Lasnatha Kumara increased the Soldiers lead to 10 with another unconverted try and Army led 10 -7 the policemen fought back to score two tries through Prop Ashan Fernando and centre three quarter Hirantha Perera who barged over the rival goal line to score and to secure the much needed victory. for Police with Prince Chamara converting one try
Suranga Arunashantha Refereed