With the game still in the balance, Kandy had to hold out another 40 minutes to be earn the ever elusive unbeaten tag. Ten minutes into the second half, it was Vishwamithra Jayasinghe showcased some delightful skills and pace at Nittawela as he covered almost 60 meters on the right wing side stepping almost five players to score. The Jayasinghe try was not converted, but within 5 minutes the fans something big to celebrate. Nigel Ratwatte gathered a chip kick by Havies and raced his way to the goal line. This try shocked the visitors and Kandy were suddenly fifteen points ahead. (20-5)
Havelocks however scored a consolation try off the efforts of a Hirantha Perera offload which found Kevin Dixon who scored. Unfortunately for the park club it didn’t seem enough to change the inevitable (20-12). Kandy added insult to injury with their final try of the 2016 Dialog Rugby league as Thilina Wijesinghe who took the field in the final few minutes and sprinted through to the goal line unencumbered by defenders. As Ratwatte finally knocked over the under the post conversion, Kandy had themselves 27 points and with time running out, Kandy had their dream run completed.
The Dialog Rugby League crown that was won back by skipper Sean Wijesinghe and his lads last year will stay in the hill capital for another year while Sean Wijesinghe has himself his first league title as coach.
With this win, the hill country club has two of the three prizes on offer having won the Dialog Sevens title earlier last year. Group CEO Dialog Axiata Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya presented the league title at the post game presentation ceremony.
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Kandy SC: 27 – 5T 1C
Tries by Buweneka Udangamuwa, Nigel Ratwatte, Richard Dharmapala, Vishvamithra Jayasinghe, Thilina Wijesinghe & Conversion by Nigel Ratwatte
Havelock SC: 12 – 2T 1C
Tries by Dushmantha Priyadarshana, Kevin Dixon & Conversion by Rimzie Jamaldeen