Police rugby team mean business this year. After having beaten CR & FC last week they evolved another superlative display of power and open rugby to beat CH & FC by 17 points (1 goal, 2 tries) to 13 (2 tries, a penalty) in their Caltex Rugby League encounter at Maitland Crescent on Sunday.
Dominating play almost throughout the game Police made the inroads through their hard running forwards and backs and brought about some spectacular tackles to thwart CH from making much headway.
Police opened scoring in almost the second minute when centre Ranjith Kumara intercepted a long pass midfield and darted untouched to score under the post.
Surprisingly Priyantha Ekanayake failed with the conversion.
They scored again in the fifth minute when they won a line out just three metres out and the forwards barged through with the ball in the hands of Malith Hettiarachchi.
CH made a break and went into the Police territory and with centre Shafeek Jayah making the break in a constructive move, sent winger Lakala Perera over by the corner flag in the 12th minute.
However, four minutes later Police increased on the lead when they forced another line out and their skipper and flanker T.D. Seneviratne had the ball in hand when the forwards forced their way through. This try was converted by Ekanayake and Police led 17-5.
Police could not rest on this lead as it was still only in the first half. CH once against made a break and from a three quarter move winger Lakala Perera went over for a try.
Police held on to the 17-10 lead at the turn around.
The game continued to be a tight affair with the defence of both sides taking centre stage. There was very little room for either side making any breakthrough in the second half.
The foreign players of CH just could not do anything constructive as they were marked closely and often CH were unlucky too with the ball spilling off their grasp at crucial moments with a certain try staring at them.
Only CH managed to score off a penalty in this half when an infringement in a loose maul saw Indika Wickremanayake kicking right to give CH a slender deficit of four points.
D. Nimal refereed.