Can CR&FC turn the tables on fancied Kandy SC this Saturday? (pic by Sassanda Liyanarachchi)

Kandy SC will be at Longden Place to play their second inter-club rugby game with CR & FC on Saturday (January 7). This will be the first game of the two clubs for 2017 as they contest the second round of the tournament. In the first round game at Nittawela, Kandy SC won 53-29.  Last Saturday, it was a great outing for the Nittawela fans, who obviously had plenty to cheer and enjoy the great rugby played by their favourite team. Both Kandy Sports Club and Army Sports Club produced a composed and ruthless display.  Kandy Sports Club with their power play led 28-7 at half time. In the second half, Kandy Sport Club proved they were a good ball handling side.  Their forwards were up to the mark and played at their best and the backs, too, gave a fine performance. With the superb display of rugby, they did well in the rucks and drive with power play.  Army SC had a fitter side, but failed to use their skills.  The score could have been more if not for the stubborn defence by the solders.

Defending champions Kandy SC will be performing away from home for the first time in the second round this Saturday. This match is crucial for them. In contrast, CR & FC will be at home and will have everything in their favour. Both teams have progressed quite effectively this season and there is at all a slight difference between these two teams. The Kandy SC forwards hold a slight advantage and are capable of exploiting the opposition’s weaknesses and cause that element of surprise. CR & FC will no doubt try to make matters worse for the opponents. But the Kandy SC side is talented enough to handle every crucial period as they have proved it on a number of occasions.  Even then they will need a one hundred percent team effort to hold the Red Shirts in Colombo.