CH ob­vi­ously su­pe­rior

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS - By Aubrey Ku­ruppu

Beaten by Po­lice by 3 points last week, CR’s hor­ror run con­tin­ued when they were hope­lessly out­classed by a fiery CH side that ap­plied un­re­lent­ing pres­sure. The score­line (33-10) tells the tale of near - com­plete dom­i­nance.

The CH won with a bonus point. They scored their points through two sec­ond half goals, two tries in the first half and three penal­ties. CR’s tries scored by Reza Rafaideen and Re­han Silva were not con­verted by Tarinda Rat­watte, who had a day that’s best for­got­ten. Late in the sec­ond half, he gave out a ter­ri­ble pass, un­der pres­sure, and this was seized on by Nis­hon Per­era, who caught the ball and dashed through for a try.

Even Sa­muel Maduwan­tha had a bad day with the boot, al­though he was suc­cess­ful with two con­ver­sions and three penal­ties.

Australian born Adam Gauder made an im­pres­sive ap­pear­ance. He didn’t get on the score-sheet, but there was dan­ger in the air al­most ev­ery time he touched the ball. He made a try with a beau­ti­ful back handed flick to Anu­radha Herath who dashed along the wing to do the need­ful.

Maduwan­tha was over am­bi­tious when he at­tempted a 50 yard penalty early on. The kick didn’t have ‘the legs’, with the ball dip­ping un­der the cross-bar.

Rat­watte had one bril­liant move, but all to no avail. He made a gen­tle chip, col­lected him­self and then sent it out to Rafaideen who fin­ished off in style. But to the cha­grin of all CR sup­port­ers, Ref­eree Aquib Jamaldeen called the play­ers back on ac­count of a for­ward pass,

Kevin Dixon broke the ice by ini­ti­at­ing a dandy try. Break­ing through in the mid­dle he handed it over to Rat­watte who in turn gave it to Rafaideen. The winger ran round the last two de­fend­ers to touch down deep left.

Af­ter Maduwan­tha had booted over a penalty CH went ahead when Ni­vanka Prasad crept through off a five yard scrum. This con­ver­sion too was missed but Maduwan­tha com­pen­sated by put­ting over a penalty for a half time lead of 16-5.

Maduwan­tha con­verted the try that was scored as a re­sult of that bad CR lapse. Anu­radha Herath scored the last try for the win­ners with a typ­i­cal run along the touch­line. This, too, was added to, a Maduwan­tha penalty sealed CR’s fate (33-10).

The CR had a poor sec­ond half. Un­der pres­sure, they were not very pro­fes­sional. Passes were missed and con­fu­sion seemed to reign.

By con­trast, the CH ran the ball well and also made sure that they ran straight and, at speed point. This was a re­fresh­ing per­for­mance by the CH who have, up to now, en­joyed only mod­est suc­cess.

CH wing for­ward Su­dar­shana Muthuthanthri at­tempts to barge through the CR de­fence - Pic by Priyan­tha Wick­ra­ma­rachchi

CH&FC skip­per Yoshitha Ra­japaksa, who is sit­ting out for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week un­der med­i­cal in­struc­tions, is seen mo­ti­vat­ing his team mates dur­ing the half­time break against the game against CR&FC played at the Race­course ground yes­ter­day

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