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Kandy SC retain top spot in Nippon Rugby League

Action from the match between Kandy SC and Air Force SC
Action from the match between Kandy SC and Air Force SC

Kandy SC continue to head the latest points table after the completion of the third week of matches in the 2022/23 SLR Nippon Paint Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament.

The defending champions who are hoping to retain the title for the eighth successive year managed to record their third successive victory by overcoming Air Force SC 24-18 at the Nittawela Stadium last week. Kandy SC also had the satisfaction of collecting an additional two bonus points in their third outing by scoring four tries through Lavanga Perera, Tharinda Ratwatte, Dinal Ekanayake and Kavindu Perera.

Altogether, Kandy SC have now scored a total of 13 tries from their three outings, two more than their nearest rivals Havelock SC, who are currently placed second in the points table. The Havies, of course, are still trailing Kandy SC by a good five points despite a morale boosting 22-10 victory over Navy SC in their latest outing at Welisara last week.

Even then, Havelock SC will be disappointed that they missed out on the bonus points as they managed to score only three tries through Christian De Lile, Dinupa Senavirathne and Mithun Hapugoda. Meanwhile, CR and FC are also in the race for the title, and they are currently placed third in the points table after an exciting 36-19 victory against Police SC at Longden Place last week.

CR and FC are joined by two other contenders – CH and FC and Army SC – who figured in the first drawn game for the current season with just one point separating all three teams.

The CH and FC and Army SC are currently level on points (10 each) but the former is ahead on the number of tries scored as they have crossed the whitewash on 11 occasions while the Soldiers have only nine tries to their credit.

Meanwhile, Air Force SC are in sixth place with a total of eight points and they are followed by Navy SC (five points) and Police SC (one point) in seventh and eighth place respectively.

Among the top individual performers Nuwan Perera of Air Force SC is still in front having accumulated a total of 41 points through seven penalties, one drop goal, six conversions and one try. CR and FC new place-kicking sensation Chathura Seneviratne is in second place with a total of 30 points having put over seven penalties, two conversions in addition to scoring one try in their opening match against Havelock SC.

Seneviratne is closely challenged by Havelock SC fly half Sandesh Jayawickrema, who has 29 points to his credit through two penalties, nine conversions and one try while Kandy SC’s Tharinda Ratwatte has so far collected 23 points in the form of two penalties, six conversions and one try.

Meanwhile, Army SC’s dashing wing three quarter Sudaraka Dikkumbura is the leading try scorer so far in the tournament having crossed the whitewash on four occasions from his three outings.



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