Navy Sports Club who showed a lot of potential to run at will in their opening match in the Dialog sponsored domestic league rugby tournament will be up against the formidable Havies in their second game this week.
Navy SC coach Mohotilal Jayatilake when contacted said he was happy with how the boys played, especially in wet conditions. But he said there were too many scrums and few lines out. “I believe it should have been the other way around,” said Jayatilake whose chargers battered Police SC 29-8.
Navy SC is in the process of rebuilding its team after the Rajapaksha brothers decided to play no further role in the rugby team of this sea going force. “I have about 10-12 school leavers and will be promoting them this season,” said an optimistic Jayatilake. Navy SC conceded just a try and Jayatilake praised his players for the stubborn defence they put up in the opener.
Another game that can attract a lot of attention this week is the clash between Police SC and Havelock SC. The park club prevailed over Air Force in the first match, but coach Ronnie Ibrahim sees a lot of work to be done to get the boys to perform at optimum level. “When I look back at our performance against Air Force, I can’t say we were bad, nor can I say that we were good,” reflected Ibrahim. He said that given that the players were playing with the wet ball, nothing more was possible.
The Havies’ coach added that certain players were tried out in new positions in the opener. “Both Dulaj Perera and Niroshan Fernando are fly halves, but I couldn’t leave out anyone of them, hence I played them both. As a result Dulaj had to play in an unaccustomed position of full back but he did okay,” said Ibrahim. The coach said that he will be working hard with the players to condition them. “As the season progresses one of our future concerns will be injuries,” he said.
Kandy SC led by scrum half Roshan Weeraratne will travel down to Ratmalana to play against Sri Lanka Air Force. Kandy SC fired a warning shot last week when it smashed the daylights out of CH&FC on their way to a thumping 96-0 win. The winners ran down as many as 14 tries from which 13 were converted. With the win Kandy SC lead the points table with five match points. Havelock SC trail in second place while Navy SC slot themselves in third place. All these team gained their bonus point on the way to their respective wins.
This week’s games
November 12 (Saturday): CH&FC vs Army at Race Course
November 12 (Saturday): Police SC vs Havelock SC at Police Park
November 12 (Saturday) : Air Force SC vs Kandy SC at Ratmalana
November 13 (Sunday) : Navy SC vs CR&FC at Welisara