Weeraratne pleased with performance

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By Yohan Bhasura in Malaysia 
Sri Lanka Skipper Roshan Weeraratne was pleased with his team’s performance in the Asian Rugby Championship Division One Tournament second match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) played in Malaysia on Wednesday (17). 


Weeraratne said that he had a great amount of confidence in his players although they led by a solitary point (18-17) at half-time. 
“I think our game plan did not work well in the first half and we found it difficult to penetrate the opposition defence. But almost everything went according to our plans in the second half. And because of that we were able to record a convincing victory in the end,” he said.  “We are very happy with this performance since we also collected a crucial bonus point which we failed to do in the first match against the Philippines on Sunday.” Even then, Weeraratne was somewhat surprised with the UAE’s performance in the first half, where they were able score 17 points through two goals and one penalty. 


“I think we never expected a comeback from the UAE side because we had a lot of possession in this half. But we were able to hold onto a slim lead at the break,” the scrum-half added. 


Weeraratne also praised the performance of star player Fazil Marija who scored an important early try in this game. 


“I had a lot of confidence in Marija. I have been playing with him for many years and I know about his game plan and he executed it to near perfection,” the captain said. 


Weeraratne also expressed his concern over the injury suffered by star player Danushka Ranjan, who injured his shoulder during the first half of Wednesday’s game. 


“I think Ranjan’s absence was a big setback for us, but anyway, we had an equally good replacement in Nishon Perera who also played well,” Weeraratne added. 


Meanwhile Sri Lanka Coach Fereti Verebula said that he was not surprised with the team’s second half performance. 


“The first half was almost even and we found it difficult to face the opposition. But we were prepared to overcome the challenge and the players delivered the goods in the second half,” Verebula said.