The prestigious Dialog Clifford Cup knock-out rugby tournament commenced this week with eight teams in the fray. Here the captains of Kandy, Havelocks, CR and FC, Navy, Air Force, Army, Police and CH and FC pose with the trophy

Kandy Sports Club – League kings for the 18th time since 1994- last Saturday   retained their League Championship.  Kandy Sports Club playing copybook rugby  have won the league in the following years – 1994,1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Heartiest congratulations KSC for another wonderful effort!

They made the hill capital proud and especially their godfather, Malik Ruby Samarawickrema , the man who is behind all good work.  He never misses a match, taking time off his many onerous duties as minister watching his ruggerites perform. The Kandy’s merry men maintained their perfect record in all second round matches.   Kandy SC team totally fulfilled their potential and became the first club to win the tile the highest number of times in Sri Lanka rugby.

In the last league game of Kandy SC and CH & FC was played at  the Race Course Grounds last  Saturday,   All the fans who travelled  72 miles from Kandy   were  badly  upset and disappointment over the  organization and arrangements made at the trophy  awards ceremony.  The fans respected the achievement of the Kandy SC during the year.  It was sad to see not more than 200 – 300 spectators- most of the pavilion seats were empty.  After the game, all the spectators left the grounds and only the Kandy SC rugby team and few cheers were present to receive their awards.  At this awarding ceremony, there was Lasitha Gunarthne form SLRFU, Nihal Ratwatte from Kandy SC, and people like  Supun  Weerasinghe and  Amali Nanayakara from Dialog and the Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, it was good advertising show for  the Dialog. It is sad there was no one from the committee of the CH & FC at the match.

So, Kandy SC playing with some new faces pocketed the game by 59 points to 3.  In this game, Kandy Sports Club was outstanding, they were   fast and strong in their play and CH & FC failed to meet them in the same manner. This was 18th League title win for Kandy SC.  The winners enjoyed a good game of run and pass rugby.

Kandy SC maintained their perfect record, tough they took fourteen minutes to score. They started off strong and   were dominating the proceedings, winning all their scrums and line outs successfully by controlling most of the possession and obtaining the territorial advantages. Many of the   Kandy Sports Club players had good pace and performed well with the backs leading the way for an excellent game. The game was an excellent opportunity for the Kandy players to step up and show what they can contribute well towards rugby.