CH conceded ten tries yet again as Police helped themselves to a massive 62-nil victory in their second week encounter of the Dialog Rugby League at their own backyard.
After a heavy defeat in their first match against Kandy SC, CH&FC had their work cutout in their second match of the league against this new formidable Police side. Police having lost their first match to CR&FC, had to prove their capability to the home crowd. Riza Mubarak kicked off proceedings. CH had the chance to take the lead inside the first quater when Eranda Weerakkody got a chance to bisect the uprights from the 22m line but he was unable to get close.
Police drew first blood in the 18th minute after some good resistance shown by the visitors. Working the ball wide to create gaps in the defense ultimately Police winger Chula Susantha went over the line to put his team in the lead. Police started hitting their strides and went on to score their second try just five minutes after. The experienced Sheriff made the initial breakthrough for Police which helped their forwards to finish the job. It was their power house No 8 Bilal Hassen who went over the line for the cops. ( Police SC 10 : CH&FC 0 )
Tries kept on coming when Bilal Hassen gathered the ball from the restart and broke through the first line of defense, Police having enough support players to work the ball towards their winger Chula Susantha. He made good ground and off loaded to Sheriff who was unstoppable. Riza Mubarak made sure he doesn’t miss the conversion. Five minutes after, Bilal showed his brute force when he scored his second, taking the ball from the scrum and shoving his way over the line. Riza bisected the uprights with ease. Total domination was shown by Police in the first half and it was looking ominous for the visitors going into the break.
Half Time – Police SC 24 : CH&FC 0
It was an horrible restart for CH&FC when Eranda couldn’t find the 10m mark through his kick. Police continued their rampage from the turnover when Riza found touch deep inside the CH territory making the job easy for his forwards. Bilal took this opportunity to drive himself over the line to score his hatrick. Skipper Riza bisecting the uprights yet again. ( Police SC 31 : CH&FC )
CH substitutes almost made an impact when Praveen De Silva broke through and made some good ground from the half way mark. CH put the home side on the back foot for a good 10 minutes, which ultimately led the cops to concede a yellow card. It was Bilal Hassen who had to sit out for foul play. Their game plan was quite clear from the beginning, having Eranda in the middle as the place kicker and making him kick the ball deep into the other half for their wingers to try reach the ball. They didn’t seem to have enough physicality to ascend on the home side.
Police struck back in the 66th minute after going hard at the CH defense for a long period, CH resistance was defeated when Susantha found his way over the line for the second time. Riza extending the lead through a successful conversion. The visitors were clueless as to how they should stop this carnage as the tries kept on pilling up against them. It was Sudam Sooriarachchi, the replacement scrum half who showed the ball created the gap and scored to get his team closer to 50 points. ( Police SC 44 : CH&FC )
Bilal came in after being sin binned to score another try from a line out with just five minutes remaining in the game. Police were outstanding in set play. Riza put his team over 50 points through another successful conversion. Police went for the kill in the last five minutes scoring two tries before the final whistle. Second half substitute Gihan Silva scored an unconverted try while replacement scrum half Sudam Sorriarachchi scored his second try of the match which was converted by Riza to give his team a massive 62-nil victory over the CH&FC.
Full Time : Police SC 62 ( 10T, 6C ) – CH&FC 00
Point Scorers : Bilal Hassen 4 tries, Riza Mubarak 6 Conversions, Sudam Sooriarachchi 2 Tries, Chula Susantha 2 Tries, Gihan Silva 1 Try, Mohommad Seriff 1 Try,
ThePapare.com picks Bilal Hassen as the Player of the Match for the impact he created in the game and for his four tries.
Bilal Hassen Speaking to ThePapare.com :
” Not very happy about how we played but it was to good get a win under our belt. We have improved from the last match specially in our set plays and ruck ball. Our team was under pressure in that period when I conceded the yellow card. We definitely have room for improvement and I’m sure coach would have noted our mistakes down so that we could work on them before we play next. “