The Inter-club rugby match between Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club (CR&FC) and Havelock Sports Club at Race Course International Stadium in Reid Avenue on March 19 (Saturday) will serve as the most looked forward to semi final clash in the Clifford Cup knockout tournament this weekend. The match will begin on 4:15pm.
The Longden Place club is brimming with confidence after their excellent performance last week against the fighting Army SC whom they beat 35-26.
The Red Shirts who have faced an unexpected plight of losing key players are recovering from injuries. They are bound to field a couple of sidelined big names for Saturday’s game. National players in second row forward cum captain Ishan Noor, fly half Ashan De Costha and flanker Sasanka Ariyarathna have regained full fitness. However they will feel the absence of hooker Supun Warnakulasuriya.
On the other hand Havelock SC who enjoyed the benefit of beating CR and FC in both the league matches will have the upper hand as they earned a hard fought 20-11win against Air Force last week.
Havelock SC boasts of having in their ranks promising schoolboy talent in the form of Nishon Perera, Kevin Dixon and Lasindu Ishan and Vimukthi Rahula.
CR and FC (Probable XV)
N.Devinda, L.Pavithra, S. Sambandapperuma, I. Noor (captain), P. Angammana, S. Ariyarathna, J. Dissanayaka, A. Kumar, K. De Costha and T. Ratwatte, B. Nanayakkara, A De Costa, K. Ramanayaka, K. Perera, P. Chamara
Havelocks (Probable XV)
Dushmantha Priyadarshana, Prasad Padmasanka, Ganuka Dissanayaka, Sithum Peiris, Janik Jayasuriya, Shenal Deelaka,Rohitha Rajapaksha, Sudarshana Muthuthantttri, Rahul De Silva and Shamri Burah, Kevin Dixon, Nishon Perera, Hirantha Perera, Sadun Herath(Captain), Rimzie Jamaldeen