Havies ti­tle charge on track with gritty win

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS - BY HAR­SHA AMARAS­INGHE

Have­lock Sports Club’s ti­tle charge was given a huge boost with the Park Club clos­ing the gap at the top of the points ta­ble of the Di­a­log In­ter-club League Rugby Tour­na­ment down to just three points after beat­ing Navy Sports Club by 31 points (five tries and three con­ver­sions) to 20 points (two tries, two con­ver­sions and two penal­ties) at Welis­ara yes­ter­day.

With Kandy SC crum­bling at home to Army SC on Satur­day, it was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for the Havies to nar­row the gap at the top and they re­sponded quite bril­liantly by pun­ish­ing a Navy SC side that played like school­boys on cer­tain oc­ca­sions.

The Sailors re­cov­ered from a 10-24 half time deficit to get them­selves into the game cour­tesy of a penalty from Cap­tain Thilina Weeras­inghe and a 46th minute try from prop for­ward Ka­sun de Silva to leave it 20-24 go­ing into the last 30 min­utes.

How­ever, the Havies stuck to their plan with a lot of pa­tience putting Navy SC un­der enor­mous pres­sure through their for­wards and even­tu­ally send­ing num­ber eight Lasindu Ishan over the line on the back of a scrum in the 55th minute.

The game how­ever, was de­cided in the first half when the Havies crossed the white­wash on four oc­ca­sions with tries com­ing from flanker Sithum Peiris, full back Riza Mubarak, hooker Azmir Fa­judeen and scrum half Mithun Ha­pu­goda and in re­ply Navy SC had just one try scored by prop for­ward Charith Silva.

Mubarak who was charged down by Navy SC wing three quar­ter Bud­dhima Pi­yarathne

With Kandy SC crum­bling at home to Army SC on Satur­day, it was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for the Havies to nar­row the gap at the top and they re­sponded quite bril­liantly by pun­ish­ing a Navy SC side that played like school­boys on cer­tain oc­ca­sions

when tak­ing the con­ver­sion for the first try made amends later on in the game slot­ting in three vi­tal con­ver­sions to wrap-up what was a very good per­for­mance.

The Sailors had their chances es­pe­cially in the last 10 min­utes of the game, but Weeras­inghe’s side failed to cap­i­talise on their chances.

Most no­tably, sec­ond row Ravin de Silva and num­ber eight Radee­sha Senevi­ratne made a few han­dling er­rors while they failed to get their backs in to the game for most part of the game.

Navy SC had a golden op­por­tu­nity to sneak into the top four had they won the game as CR and FC con­tin­ues to strug­gle in the sec­ond round, but this de­feat meant that they re­main at fifth.

PIC BY NIMALSIRI EDIRIS­INGHE

Ac­tion from the match be­tween Have­lock SC and Navy SC

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