CR had two more chances their way but opportunities missed by former Trinity duo Sashan Mohamed and Kanchana Ramanayake. However, it did not effect at all as the pendulum swung in favour of the Reds. Tariq Salih made some yards with a fine run and the end result saw Jason Dissanayake scoring the try. Ramanayake missed the conversion. Minutes later CR once again charging in to the opposite half with some wonderful hands by the forwards and the backs, resulted in winger Mekalanka Probodya scoring his first try. Unsuccessful conversion by Ramanayake (AF 15 – 27 CR)
As the game headed in to the final 10 minutes Pabsara Hewage receiving his second yellow card which led referee Rankothge to send him out with the Red Card. Rejuvenated CR&FC scored three more tries with immediate effects through Wasaba Senerath, Panduka Angammana and Amila Bandara. Kanchana Ramanayake and Jason Dissanayake kicked one conversion each.
Full Time : Air Force 15 (2T, 1C, 1P) – CR&FC 46 (7T, 4C, 1P)
It was a fascinating battle in the first half perhaps the hosts thought they had this game in hand, without a doubt it was the best first half performance for the Air Force in this season. But they lacked composure in the second half, a similar style of play against the Havelock’s few weeks ago. On the other hand CR actually took a lot time to settle down, they have some injuries with captain Ishan Noor, Tharinda Ratwatte, Rochana Hettiarachi and Supun Warnakulasuriya. But this bonus point win will give them a morale booster heading in to the second round.
“We only played in the second half, we struggled first half with the heat. Gutsy performance by Air Force, well they have nothing to lose, we knew we just needed to build some phases and open up some space. Hopefully, we will take the positives of the second half and go to the next game”
-Inthi Marikkar – CR&FC coach.