Injury hit CR face tough task against Havelocks
The reigning President's Trophy champions and runners up of the
Caltex 'A' Division League for the last four years CR and FC which is in
a buoyant mood after its smashing win over CH and FC will confront
traditional rivals Havelocks Sports Club in their Caltex 'A' Division
League rugby match at Longden Place today.
The Red Shirts who are going great guns this season with five
smashing victories over Air Force (29-3), Old Zahirians (85-3), Police
(25-16), Army (46-21) and CH and FC (44-8) will face a determined
Havelocks outfit who will be hell bent on toppling the Red Shirts and
bounce back into recognition after losing to mighty Kandy SC (6-36)
having notched up four wins in a row over Army (21-15), Old Zahirians
(91-0), Air Force (24-20) and Police (22-12).
CR and FC have been hit by injuries and will miss the services of
several key players for today's match.
CR and FC will miss the services of former Sri Lanka flanker Pavithra
Fernando, National Player Ashen Karthelis, fly half Dev Anand and centre
Lasintha de Costa all of whom are on the injured list. Possession will
play a key role in the final outcome. The set scrums should be shared
between Sri Lanka hooker Anuja Perera of CR and experienced Rajiv Perera
of Havelocks while in the line outs the Havelocks duo of Jayasena and
Izzadeen have the edge over CR's Dharmatilleke.
In the loose a terrific tussle for supremacy can be expected with
CR's power-packed forwards Mohamed, Anuja Perera, Dharmatilleke,
Danushka Perera, Kasun de Silva and Dushanth Lewke being confronted by
equally good forwards in Shefi Hassan, Rajiv Perera, Jayasena, Izzadeen,
Ganapathy and T. D. Seneviratne.
But the Red Shirts boast of a superior back division. The halves
combination of Amjad Buksh and Dev Anand have hit it off smoothly while
centres Kosala Tissera and Karunanayake have pierced the opponents
defence with their probing runs while wingers Mohamed Jabbar and young
Nishan de Silva have tested the opponents defence to the hilt with their
powerful runs down the flank in addition to an attacking full back in
Mohamed Sheriff. Dev Anand has been sidelined by injury and will be
replaced by Ashan de Costa.
The Park Club has an adequate halves combination in Dilan de Zoysa
and Samantha Lakshan but it is left to be seen how the other three
quarters will fare in today's game.
CR and FC - Shamil Mohamed (Captain), Anuja Perera, Duminda
Pullikuttiarachchi, Anuradha Dharmatilleke, Lasantha Mallikarachchi,
Danushka Perera, Kasun de Silva, Dushanth Lewke, Amjad Buksh or Zulki
Hamid and Ashan de Costa, Mohamed Jabbar, Niroshan Karunanayake, Kosala
Tissera, Nishan de Silva, Mohamed Sheriff.
Havelocks - Shafi Hassen, Rajiv Perera, Danushka Sandaruwan, Kavinda
Jayasena (Captain), Mohamed Izzadeen, T. D. Seneviratne, Sharo Fernando,
Rajiv Ganapathy, Dilan de Zoysa and Semantha Lakshan, Chanaka Fonseka,
Zakir Badurdeen, Nuwan Samith or Ruwan Suranga, Wasim Thajudeen, Dilip
Methruwan or Nuwan Hettiarachchi.