Could CR and FC overcome Kandy SC today?
Could CR and FC overcome the mighty Kandy SC and stay in contention
for the Caltex ‘A’ Division League Rugby Title?. The answer to this
question will be found only this evening when these two teams clash in
their Calex ‘A’ Division League Rugby match at Longden Place.
Kandy SC have beaten Havelocks (18-13), Army (51-6), CH and FC
(41-19), Air Force (18-11), Police (22-11) and Navy (15-12) while the
Red Shirts have overcome CH and FC (14-8), Havelocks (15-10), Army
(24-12) and Air Force (27-22) but were beaten by Police (10-11) and were
also held to a 18-all draw by Navy.
CR and FC have made two changes for today’s game. Former Kingswoodian
Mohamed Rizwan comes into the team replacing veteran hooker Anuja Perera
while Hasitha Perera has been brought into the second row to bind with
Ishan Noor. Kandy SC will field the same team which did duty for them
last week. Skipper Buddhika Thalagampola is still on the injured list
and Aravinda Udangawa will retain his place as a flanker.
Last year Kandy SC won the first round game at Nittawela by 26-12
while in the return match at Longden Place CR’s winger Vishwamithra
Jayasinghe scored a scintillating try after a 80-metre run in injury
time to give them a 16-14 win but were edged out by Kandy SC to the
league title having obtained 35.50 points in 10 outings to CR’s 35.00
points to retain the title for the 10th successive year.
According to an official of CR and FC there will not be a live
telecast of today’s match on Rupavahini. Deputy Chairman of John Keells
Holdings Ajit Gunawardena will be the chief guest while former CR and
Sri Lanka skipper Dr Indrajith Coomaraswamy will be the Guest of Honour.
CR AND FC: Shehan Dimitri, Mohamed Rizwan, Dunstan de Silva, Hasitha
Perera, Ishan Noor, Chilanka Samaraweera, Sharo Fernando, Dushanth Lewke
(captain), Srinath Sooriyabandara and Reza Mubarak, Ashan de Costa,
Mushin Faleel, Shabbir Mohamed, Vishawamithra Jayasinghe, Mohamed
KANDY SC: Kishore Jehan, Achala Perera, Kasun Yasaisuru, Dinesh
Sanjeewa, Senaka Bandara (captain), Kasun de Silva, Aravinda Udangawa,
Sajith Saranga, Roshan Weeraratne and Fazil Marija, Sanjeeva Jayasinghe,
Pradeep Liyanage, Gayan Weeraratne, Mohamed Jabbar, Tharindu Chanaka.
CH confront Air Force
CH and FC which scored a morale-boosting 48-15 win over Army last
week will be brimming with confidence when they play host to Air Force
in their Caltex ‘A’ Division League rugby match at Maitland Crescent
The lads from Maitland Crescent propelled by the Fijian duo of Timoci
Ratudradra and Iliesa Salusalu ended their barren run with a dazzling
display last week and should give a close run to the Airmen who have
registered two wins over Police (18-12) and Army (53-13) in six outings.