CR and FC produced an excellent late cost to beat Police SC 23-20 within the SLR Nippon Paint Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Event first semi-final encounter performed on the Racecourse Grounds in Colombo yesterday.
The League Event runners-up have been trailing till the final 10 minutes of play however staged a powerful late rally to grab the sport whereas gathering their factors from two targets and three penalties.
Police SC, who led 10-9 at half time, did nearly all the things right and have been heading in the direction of a significant upset earlier than they threw the sport on the final second after having collected their factors from two targets and two penalties.
CR and FC opened the scoring within the thirteenth minute with a Chathura Seneviratne penalty earlier than Prince Chamara produced the equaliser for Police SC within the seventeenth minute.
Police SC scored their first attempt within the twenty eighth minute when hooker Dulanjana Wijesinghe powered his option to contact down nearly below the publish giving Chamara a simple conversion and a 10-3 lead at that stage.
Couple of minutes later, Thenuka Nanayakkara decreased the deficit for CR and FC with a simple penalty which was adopted by a splendid 55 metre penalty from their ace place-kicker Seneviratne to make it 9-10.
CR and FC suffered a significant setback at this stage as two of their key gamers Lasindu Karunathilaka and Eranda Harshana have been handed yellow playing cards after Vageesha Weerasinghe suffered the identical destiny within the first half.
Consequently, Police SC actually exploited the depleted CR and FC workforce and went on to attain their second attempt within the sixty fourth minute with Chamara doing the honours and in addition including the additional factors. Nonetheless, CR and FC produced their greatest sport throughout the previous couple of minutes and scored twice by way of Karunathilaka and Amith Gurusinghe to show the sport of their favour with Seneviratne changing each tries.