Stade Khmer (in pink) and Ko Chul Club players vie for the ball after a scrum during their friendly rugby union match at Mekong Field on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Photograph: Elodie Liguori/Phnom Penh Post
After one long month of inactivity, the Cambodian Federation of Rugby League hit back with a double-header on Saturday at Mekong Field as unbeaten Sisowath Knights took down PSE Garudas 38-19 in their encounter while Stade Khmer beat Ko Chul Rugby Club 26-20 in a friendly clash.
The Knights scored four unanswered tries and showed off their dominance during the first thirty minutes.
Their opponent did not give up, though, and fought back strongly to score two late first half tries through rising star Norn Vannara and robust center Hun Hean to go into the interval at 25-14.
In the second session, both teams came close to the opposing goal line but tries were spoiled by some great saving tackles from both sides.
Sisowath captain Luke Wilkie was the proverbial force to be reckon with for the Knights, leading in goal line tackles.
Local talent Vannara scored another for PSE to make it a 25-19 game, but the Knight’s physical advantage proved too much for the young PSE team to handle.
In the 70th minute, two tries from Dan Wetherall and Tom Edwards put an end to the very closely fought game.
While the Knights continue their stranglehold of the league, PSE displayed once again that they are an improving team with lots of potential for future CFRL seasons.
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