Maduwantha fires CH to a thrilling win

7 January 2019 10:44 am - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Sandun Kodithuwakku

Full back Samuel Maduwantha knocked over a late penalty to help CH and FC record a stunning 31-28 victory over the last year runners-up Navy Sports Club in their Dialog Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament second-round game played at the Racecourse Grounds in Reid Avenue, yesterday (06).

CH and FC were in full form scoring their 31 points through four goals and a penalty while Navy SC accumulated their points through four goals. At half time the scores were level 14-all.

CH wing three quarter Anuradha Herath opened the scoring in the third minute of play with Maduwantha adding the extra points to take the lead 7-0.

CH were reduced to 14-men few minutes later when Dinka Peiris sin-binned second row forward Sajith Saranga for a high tackle on Buddhima Piyaratne.

Three minutes later, Navy SC prop forward Kasun de Silva crashed through for a cracking try off a rolling maul and the conversion was successfully booted by Captain Thilina Weerasinghe. The scores were level 7-7 at that stage.

Thereafter, Navy SC winger Piyaratne scored a fabulous try off a superb three quarter move brushing aside several CH and FC defenders.

Weerasinghe once again made the conversion and Navy SC led 14-7 at that stage.

CH and FC’s Herath produced a fine individual brilliance to score the second try. Maduwantha made the conversion with an easy kick at goal. The scores were level 14-all at half time.

Two minute into the second half, Maduwantha scored a brilliant try while falling over mid-right and the conversion was made by himself. CH and FC led 21-14 at that stage.

Nine minute later, Navy SC second centre Thanuja Malinbada scored another five points for his team and Thilina added the extra points to make it 21-all.

Scrum half Sudam Sooriyaarachchi scored a superb try when he took the ball over the line after receiving a neat pass from hooker Prasath Madusanka and Maduwantha added the extras for CH and FC to lead 28-21 at that stage.

Thereafter, Navy SC winger Chathura Seneviratne playing in the last line of defence scored near the right corner flag with a fine movement. Thilina made the easy conversion to level the scores 28-28.

However, CH and FC sealed the match in their favour five minutes before the final whistle when Maduwantha put over a 45 metre penalty to make the final scores read 31-28. 


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