Amarasinghe gives Sri Lanka winning start

Published : 12:02 am  August 11, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (60) reads | 

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Dinuk Amarasinghe offloads the ball

 

Havelock centre Dinuk Amarasinghe played a stellar role as the Sri Lanka junior team claimed two convincing victories in the opening day of the Asia Rugby Under-20 Series which got underway in King’s Park, Hong Kong yesterday.
Amarasinghe bagged braces in both games as the Junior Tuskers sealed wins over China (26-14) and Chinese Taipei (38-15) fairly comfortably.


The China game was probably Sri Lanka’s toughest encounter, and Sri Lanka needed to start well and that was exactly what they got with a try from skipper Naveen Henakankanamge to give them 5-0 lead. 
However, China bounced back in style to gain a 7-5 lead after a well worked try from the team was finished off nicely by Yen Lu.


The game appeared to be drifting away from Sri Lanka when Lu doubled their score with another converted try going into half time as they claimed a 14-5 lead.


The stage was then set for a gallant comeback from Sri Lanka with Amarasinghe leading the way. The former St. Anthony’s skipper forced his way into the try line almost after the resumption with Bandara adding extras to make it 14-12.
The Havelock youngster then gave Sri Lanka the lead few minutes later with a stunning individual try which sent a couple of Chinese defenders tumbling onto floor. Bandara’s conversion gave Sri Lanka a slim lead (19-14) before the knockout punch was delivered by Royal centre Thulaib Hassen to seal a 26-14 win.


Amarasinghe carried his good form into the second match scoring twice as they outclassed Chinese Taipei 38-15 where Hassen, Randy Silva, Gemunu Chethiya and Janidu Dilshan contributed with one try each.
Sri Lanka are scheduled to face Singapore this morning in the final games before the knockout matches later in the evening.

 

 

Amarasinghe bagged braces in both games as the Junior Tuskers sealed wins over China (26-14) and Chinese Taipei (38-15) fairly comfortably