Royal face a strong challenge from Antonians today
Defending champions Royal College will face a strong challenge from
St Anthony's College, Kandy in their schools under 19 Singer segment one
rugby match at the Royal Sports Complex, Reid Avenue today.
The Royalists withstood a fierce challenge from a gallant Josephian
outfit to emerge victorious by 37-34 last week and will miss the
services of skipper and star place kicker Arshad Jamaldeen for today's
game. Utility player and second year coloursman Damien Ratwatte will
move into the pivotal fly half berth and will pair off with Ravishan
Sachin Mihiranga will come into the front row replacing Kaveen Perera.
Hooker Lahiru Pavithra is a doubtful starter for today's game. If he
does not play, his place will be taken by Shuaib Jabbar.
The forte of the Antonians are their formidable forwards. Led by No 8
Pandula Angammana, the Antonian forwards especially Kobinath Rajindra,
Tharaka Premalal, Chinthaka Viraj, Gehan Wanigasekera and Yakoob Ali
should give a torrid time to their counterparts from Royal – Eroshan de
Alwis, Yasun Weerasuriya, Ashan Bandara, Shuaib Muthaliph, Andrew
Siriwardene and Madusha Kularatne.
Royal – Eroshan de Alwis
(captain), Lahiru Pavithra or Shuaib Jabbar, Sachin Mihiranga, Wasim
Bawa, Shuaib Muthaliph, Andrew Siriwardena, Yasun Weerasuriya, Madusha
Kularatne, Ravishan Dassanayake and Damien Ratwatte, Ijaz Bohoran, Devin
de Silva, Azman Khan, Nimshan Jayawardena, Rimzie Jamaldeen.
St Anthony's – Mohomed
Shabith, Yakoob Ali, Johash Francis, Gehan Wanigasekera, Chinthaka Viraj,
Kobinath Rajendra, Tharaka Premalal, Pandula Angammana (captain), Eranga
Rambukwella and Fazlur Rahman, Ravinath Shiroshan, Charles Praveen,
Danushka Madusanka, Lakshan Rambukwella, Shashika Wijeratne.