Kandy won't have it easy against Navy
Defending champions Kandy Sports Club will not have it easy when they
take on the challengers Navy Sports Club in a key Caltex League rugby
tournament match which is to be played at the Nittawela Rugby Stadium,
Kandy, today Saturday (July 9) at 4.30 p.m.
On form Kandy should have the edge as they are not only unbeaten but
also have won all their matches played todate to head the table of
points. They should consolidate this position.
Navy Sports Club though unbeaten in the five matches played by them,
have won four of them and figured in a draw which puts them behind Kandy
in the table of points. A win here should take them to the top of the
table. Both wins have been registered at Welisara by the narrowest of
Kandy on the other hand have scored wins over the sailors by bigger
margins. The last time these two teams met was at the Clifford Cup
finals at the neutral venue of Bogambara Stadium and the Kandy team
scored a comfortable victory, driving home the point that they are
virtually invincible up in the hills.
Kandy Sports Club will go into this match without two of their key
players in skipper Buddhi Talgampola and national captain Sean
Wijesinghe. The team will be captained by lock forward Senaka Bandara.
Last week Kandy SC were made to fight hard before posting a 18-11 win
over Air Force in a match marred by spectator incidents.
Kandy SC (from)
Kasun Yasaisuru, Achala Perera, Kishore Jehan, Senaka Bandara (Capt),
Dinesh Sanjeewa, Kasun de Silva, Arvinda Udangamuwa, Sajith Saranga,
Roshan Weeraratne and Fazil Marija, Mohammed Jabbar, Pradeep Liyanage,
Gayan Weeraratne, Sanjeewa Jayasinghe, Tharindu Chanaka, Prasad
Chathuranga, Liston Flatney, Shashika Jayawardena and Amila Bandara,
Mohamed Faizal Marija, Krishantha Rajapakse, Dinesh Kumar.
Navy SC (from)
Piumal Manchanayake, Dushyantha Wijesinghe, Sathya Ranatunga, Sumedha
Malawara, Soyuru Anthony, Namal Rajapaka, Mohammed Izzadeen, Yoshitha
Rajapaksa (Capt), Dhanushka Perera, Samantha Lakshan Dev Anand, Dinusha
Chathuranga, Kosala Tissera, Chula Susantha, Niranjan Wickremaratne,
Erande Werakkody and Suranga Pushpakumara.