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Nuwan Perera the jewel in the crown of AF Rugby

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Nuwan Perera
Nuwan Perera

Dynamic fly half Nuwan Perera provided Air Force SC the perfect start with a brilliant individual performance in their SLR Nippon Paint Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament opening match against the CH and FC played at Ratmalana.

The 28-year-old playmaker was in tremendous form as he helped the Airmen create the first major upset for the current season while overcoming the more fancied CH and FC outfit 30-22 after a thrilling contest.

Nuwan was able to make a lasting impression as he led from the front with a superb all-round performance with a match winning contribution of 20 points in the form of one try, three conversions, two penalties and one drop goal.

In fact, his solitary try, a few minutes before the final whistle, was the deciding factor of the game as it completely sealed the contest in favour of the home side after they were trailing 6-19 at half time.

Even then, Nuwan was in the act from the kick-off as he kept the Air Force SC scoreboard ticking by putting over a peach of a drop goal and then converting an important penalty in the first half.

He landed the second penalty shortly after the resumption and then grabbed the opportunity to penetrate the CH and FC defence to complete a memorable outing.

Meanwhile, Sandesh Jayawickrema also had a good game for Havelock SC, contributing 11 points although it turned out to be a losing cause against the traditional rivals CR and FC at Havelock Park.

The dashing fly half was in tremendous form in this first outing for the season as he scored a try and made three valuable conversions before CR and FC snatched the game 23-21 with a last-minute try.

Chathura Seneviratne of the CR and FC also contributed a total of 11 points in the same match through one try and two penalties while Kandy SC’s Oshan Perera and Yoshitha Rajapaksa of the CH and FC had two tries each.


Thursday, December 15, 2022 – 01:00

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