Thilina Weerasinghe executed an outstanding drop objective from almost 50 metres out to steer Navy SC to an exhilarating 16-13 victory over Military SC in further time of their SLR Nippon Paint Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Event second semi-final match performed on the Racecourse Grounds in Colombo yesterday.
The dynamic full again with the golden boot, collected a excessive kick from Military SC shortly after the beginning of additional time and located the goal fantastically to take his staff into the ultimate for the primary time since 2018.
Earlier, the match resulted in a 13-13 draw on the completion of the conventional 80 minutes of play with each groups gathering their factors from one objective and two penalties earlier than Weerasinghe produced the match profitable drop objective within the first minute of additional time. Navy SC had been trailing 3-7 at half time and as soon as once more they had been down 6-13 going into the final 10 minutes of play earlier than they introduced the sport alive with a last-minute strive from their dynamic scrum half Harsha Maduranga.
Military SC had been diminished to 14-men at this stage after a yellow-card on their prop ahead Ijaz Ahmed and the Sailors took benefit of the additional man on the sphere to attain the decisive strive following a profitable line-out with Isuru Kongahawatta including the important further factors.
Navy SC opened the scoring within the 14th minute with Weerasinghe getting issues underway with a straightforward penalty earlier than Military SC hit again with their first strive coming within the twenty eighth minute from Chalika Sandaruwan.
The third row ahead noticed a niche within the Navy SC defence and barged over nearly below the put up after the forwards had labored on three to 4 phases near the try-line.
Fly half Chamath Fernando added the additional factors as Military SC went into half time with a psychological benefit of 7-3.
Nevertheless, Navy SC additional diminished the margin a couple of minutes after the break with fly half Samuel Maduwantha firing throughout a penalty to make it 6-7.
Thereafter, Military SC took a commanding 13-6 lead and had been properly set to tug off the sport with Chamath Fernando placing over two splendid penalties – one from 50 metres out and the second from a tough angle.