Inter-Club League Rugby Tourney

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Emosi Vunivosa of Police SC in action 
Pic by Nisal Baduge


By Harsha Amarasinghe

sensation Emosi Vunivosa delivered an exceptional performance leading Police Sports Club to a 26 points (three tries, one conversions and three penalties) to 17 points (two tries, two conversions and one penalty) victory over Navy Sports Club in their Dialog Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament match worked off at Welisara yesterday.

Chathura Seneviratne taking over the kicking responsibilities from Captain Thilina Weerasinge put Navy SC in the lead just three minutes into the kick-off with a penalty before his opposite number Janith Chandimal levelled the scores seven minutes later.

Police SC pounced on a mistake from the Navy SC players just before the half an hour mark as wing three quarter Mohan Wimalaratne dived over to regain the lead in the 28th minute.

But Navy SC second row Viraj Colombage put the hosts back in the lead with a try five minutes later which was converted by Seneviratne to take a 10-8 lead.

However, Vunivosa was the difference on the day for Police SC dominating an inexperienced Navy SC backline pulling off some outstanding passes, yet his teammates really did let him down on most of the occasions knocking the ball forward.

The Fijian playmaker who was unavailable for most of the season capped off his performance with a fine try in the 37th minute when he danced through the Navy SC defence to dive over securing a half time lead of 15-10.
Police SC forwards probably won the game for them despite really sloppy efforts from their backs as they outclassed a very decent Navy SC pack.

The Cops added three more points to their tally through a Chandimal penalty before number eight Mummar Deen came off the bench to score the match winning try in the 68th minute which gave them a 26-10 lead.
The Sailors were able to get a consolation try in the 75th minute when second row Nirosh Perera crossed the whitewash with Seneviratne slotting in the conversion but it was all too late for Navy SC in the end.