The confrontation between CR and FC and Navy SC in the second round of the Dialog ‘A’ Division inter-club League Rugby Tournament at Welisara on January 23 should turn out to be a thriller. The match will kick off at 4pm.
Navy SC suffered an unexpected defeat at the hands of Police SC (16-11) last week. Navy have been training hard during the last few days and are determined to pull off a morale-boosting win while CR, which registered an away victory against Army (19-13) last week, will have to be at their very best if they are to topple the high riding Navy.
The forte of Navy team has been their power-packed forwards. The Navy ‘eight’ especially Yoshitha Rajapaksha, Roshan Ranasinghe, Sathya Ranathunga, Sajith Saranga, Omalka Gunarathna and skipper Danushka “ Gertha “ Perera have given a terrific display in the loose. But today they will be given a torrid time by the CR forwards spearheaded by sturdy Ishan Noor who’ll be ably supported by Shane Sambandapperuma, Jason Dissanayaka, Sasanka Ariyarathna, Shemal Weerasekara and Arun Kumar.
In the set scrums the experienced CR hooker Lahiru Pavithra should get the better of his Navy counterpart while the lines out should be shared between the CR duo of Jason Dissanayaka and Shemal Weerasekara and Navy’s Sajith Saranga and Matheesha Sarathchandra .
With the new halves combination comprising brothers Kavindu and Ashan De Costa having clicked in the last few matches, the Red shirts will hope that Kavindu will set his three quarters in motion at every given turn as they have two hard running centres in Kanchana Ramanayaka and Sashan Mohamad in addition to the experiences wingers Mekalanka Prabodha and Kavindu Perera.
CR and FC (Probable XV)
Nipuna Devinda, Lahiru Pavithra, Shane Sambandapperuma, Shemal Warnakulasuriya, Ishan Noor (captain), Jason Dissanayaka, Sasanka Ariyarathna, Arun Kumar, Kavindu De Costa and Ashan De Costa, Mekalanka Praboda, Kanchana Ramanayaka, Sashan Mohamad , Kavindu Perera, Prince Chamara.
Navy SC (Probable XV)
Roshan Ranasinghe, Supun Peiris, Sathya Ranathunga, Matheesha Sarathchandra, Sajith Saranga, Danushka Perera (captain), Yoshitha Rajapaksha, Omalka Gunarathna, Suranga Pushpakuma and Chanaka Chandimal, Saliya Handapangoda, Lee Keegal, Richie Dharmapala, Saliya Handapangoda, Thilina Weerasinghe.