The second half belonged to Navy SC where they scored 17 points to Kandy’s 3 points in the half. Jamaldeen replaced Nigel Rattwatte due to the injury at the start of the second half.
Navy had the first opportunity in the second half where Chanaka Chandimal bisected the posts when he put the penalty through. Soon after Stephan Gegory scored under the posts which was converted by the skipper to make the score 34-20 with 30mins left on the clock. After the foundation of a comeback had been set, the Navy number 21 Dinesh Ranaweera was sent to the ‘bin’ due to a high tackle on Richard Dharmapala causing the players to get a little restless leading to some scuffles.
Roshan Weerarathna had to leave the field for a concussion test due to a hard blow on the head. This was when the Kandy bench was let out with Krishore Jehan, Piyumal Manchnayake and Roshan Weerarathna being substituted to make way for Lasitha Aththanagoda, Thilina Wijesignhe and Yakub Ali.
Kandy almost secured the game when they were awarded a 30m penalty for not releasing in the ruck by Navy player, was too easy work for Arshad Jamaldeen. Navy handed the last blow when Chanaka chandimal scored his second try of the match while adding the extras making the score 37-27 which eventually turned out to be the final scored of the match.
The game was played at a reasonable pace and referee Tim Baker hardly blew the whistle during the game allowing the players continuity, although during the periods 65-75 mins it was a comedy of errors in the ball handling.
Kandy played the first half well but was lethargic in the second which the sailors capitalized on, they had lost all the terror and ferocity this could well have been a different story next weekend at Race course grounds. Kandy in the Dialog Rugby league as well won by a mere last minute try against CR & FC, so next week’s final will be a an interesting and hard fought game, don’t miss it!
Full Time Kandy 37 ( 6T, 2C, 1P) – 27 (4T, 2C, 1P) Navy.