The game between traditional rivals Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club (CR and FC) who are currently placed third and the second seed Havelock Sports Club will take place at Havelock Park on Saturday 20th February. This will probably be the key game this weekend in the Dialog Inter-club league rugby tournament. The match will also be contested for the Commander Eustace Matthysz Trophy which was won by CR and FC last year.
The Longden Place club is brimming with confidence after their excellent performance last week against defending league champions Kandy SC, where they went down 15-12 in Nittawela.
The red shirts have faced an unexpected plight of losing some of their key players. However they have recovered from injuries and are bound to field a couple of big names for this game. National player and second row forward cum captain Ishan Noor, fly half Tharinda Ratwatte and flanker Sasanka Ariyarathna have regained full fitness.
On the other hand, Havelock SC, who enjoy the advantage of playing in their home grounds, won their last outing against Police SC after losing to mighty Kandy SC. The Park club also held Navy to a 20 all draw.
Havelock SC boasts of having in their ranks quality schoolboy talent in the form of Nishon Perera, Kevin Dixon and Lasindu Ishan.
CR and FC (Probable XV)
Nipuna Devinda, Lahiru Pavithra, Shane Sambandapperuma, Ishan Noor (captain), Panduka Angammana, Sasanka Ariyarathna, Jason Dissanayaka, Arun Kumar, Kavindu de Costa and Tharinda Rathwatte, Bhanuka Nanayakkara, Ashan de Costa, Kanchana Ramanayaka, Kavindu Perera, Prince Chamara.
Havelocks (Probable XV)
Dushmantha Priyadarshana, Prasad Padmasanka, Ganuka Dissanayaka, Sithum Peiris, Janik Jayasuriya, Shenal Deelaka, Rohitha Rajapaksha, Sudarshana Muthuthantttri, Rahul de Silva and Samantha Lakshan, Kevin Dixon, Nishon Perera, Hirantha Perera, Sadun Herath (captain), Rimzie Jamaldeen
Meanwhile the Navy versus defending champions Kandy SC match at Navy grounds in Welisara on the same day (Saturday 20th February) is also expected to be a closely fought out affair with both sides equally matched.
Lowly placed CH & FC take on Army SC on Saturday 20th February at Race Course ground.