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Army thrash Air Force in Women’s Rugby League

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

Army SC boosted their chances of winning the SLR Women’s 10-A-Side League Rugby Tournament when they hammered Air Force SC by a massive 65-0 in a first-round encounter played at Panagoda.  

This was also Army SC’s second successive win of the tournament after they edged out Navy SC 26-22 in the curtain-raiser match of the tournament at Welisara.  

Army SC also remain as the only unbeaten team in the tournament and are on top of the points table and have collected a maximum of 12 points. The standout player for Army SC in this tournament has been Nissansala Piyumi, who crossed the whitewash on five occasions against Air Force SC having started the tournament with two splendid tries against Navy SC.  

Dilini Kanchana also had an outstanding game against Air Force SC as she ran down three tries while Ayesha Jayasundara and Saumya Subashi had two tries each as Army SC completed the biggest win of the tournament.  

Meanwhile, Navy SC bounced back into recognition with a comprehensive 30-5 victory over CR and FC in another SLR Women’s 10-A-Side League Rugby Tournament match played at Longden Place.  

Navy SC, after having lost their opening game of the tournament, came back with a vengeance as they completely outplayed their opponents with some dazzling running rugby.  

Navy SC made their intentions clear and drew first blood in the very first minute of play as flanker Sandika Hemakumari powered her way to touch down near the corner flag.  

Navy SC, of course, suffered a minor blow as scrum half Nipuni Warshavithana was handed a yellow-card in the third minute but they managed to increase the lead with a try from Dilini Polhewage.  

Hemakumari was in the act once again as she produced another fine performance to score her second try of the match as Navy SC went into half time with a commanding 15-0 lead.  

However, CR and FC showed some signs of a comeback after the turnaround as they reduced the margin with a beautiful try from prop forward Kanchana Kumari.  

But their progress took a backseat a few minutes later when their playmaker and number eight Krishani Lakshika was handed a yellow-card at a vital stage of the game.  

As a result, Navy SC exploited the advantage to good effect and went on to add three more tries during the latter stages of the game through hooker Shanika Madumali, second row forward Kumari Dilrukshi and Sandika Hemakumari.  

In fact, Hemakumari is currently the second highest try scorer of the tournament having crossed the whitewash on four occasions followed by her teammate Dilini Kanchana (three tries) and CR and FC’s Kanchana Kumari (two tries).  

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