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CH has slight edge over CR today

The eagerly awaited second round confrontation between CH and FC and the CR & FC in the Dialog ‘A’ Division league rugby match at Race Course grounds should turn out to be a close game with CH having a slight edge today.

A mammoth crowd is expected at 4:00 pm to witness this grand game in the 2018/19 League Rugby Tournament.

Today’s match should turn out to be a battle between CH and FC’s power-packed forwards and CR & FC’s speedy three quarters. CH’s forwards especially seasoned campaigner cum Sri Lanka national captain Sudarshana Muthuthanttri, who is an excellent player in the loose along with Rohitha Rajapakse, Prasath Madushanka, Matheesha Sarathchandra, Kalindu Kariyawasam and Nivanka Prasad have given a terrific display throughout the season in the loose and should maintain their supremacy.

In the set scrums CH and FC’s hooker Madushan will have the edge against CR & FC hooker Warnakulasooriya while the line outs should be shared between CH’s Matheesha Sarathchandra, Sajith Saranga and the CR duo of Joel Perera and Wajid Fawmy.

CR have a fine set of speedy three quarters but their halves combination have yet to hit it off smoothly as they are playing together their second match for the season.

Also they should punch holes in the CH and FC defence and to do that their full back Kevin Dixon should join the line to form the overlap. The biggest threat to the Maitland Cresent club will be posed by winger cum captain Kavindu Perera with his power-packed runs down the flank.

The Red Shirts have to make the maximum use of the ‘good ball’ that comes their way through their halves combination of Rahul De Silva and Tharinda Ratwatte and they must not delay their passes for their two hard running centres in strongly built Sumudu Rankothge and Rehan Silva to hit the gaps without being ‘nailed’ by their opposite numbers.

They should also come up with a much better display than their last game played against Police as they have two strong runners in winger Reeza Rafaideen while on the open side wing they will have the services of diminutive captain Kavindu Perera who has impressed with his sizzling runs in addition to an attacking full back in Dixon.

CR & FC beat CH and FC by 24 points to 23 in the first round game at Longden Place and another thriller is on the cards today.

CR & FC (Probable XV): Udara Gayan, Supun Warnakulasooriya, Charana Chamikara, Gayan Jayamanna, Panduka Angammana, Wajid Fawmy, Joel Perera, Omalka Gunaratne, Rahul De Silva, Tarinda Ratwatte, Reeza Rafaideen, Rehan Silva, Sumudu Rankothge , Kavindu Perera (Captain), Kevin Dixon

CH and FC: (Probable XV): Kalindu Kariyawasam, Prasath Madushanka, Sathya Ranathunga, Matheesha Sarathchandra, Sajith Saranga, Sudarshana Muthuthanthri, Rohitha Rajapakse (Captain) or Sasanka Ariyaratne, Nivanka Prasad, Sudam Sooriyarachchi, Samuel Maduwantha, Anuradha Herath, Ashan De Costha, Adam Gauder, Navin Henakankanamge, Hirantha Perera

Police will have the upper hand against Airmen

In another game today the Police Sports club will have the upper hand against Air Force sports club in their Dialog ‘A’ Division League second round rugby match at Air Force grounds in Ratmalana. Kick off will be at 4.00 pm.

Air Force SC (Probable XV) Ranuka Medagedera, Lahiru Udayanga (Captain), Charley Praveen, Thilina Bandara, Nilantha Jayaweera, Rumesh Wasantha, Abishek Fernando, Saraka Warella, Gayantha Iddamalgoda, Ishara Madhushan, Padmasanka Weerasinghe, Jero Dananjaya, Surya Krishan , Kaushal Manupriya, Rumesh Ramdas

Police SC (Probable XV) Lahiru Pavithra, Rasith Silva, Danushka Edirisuriya, Udara Suriyapperuma(Capt.), Mohan Wimalaratne, Udaya Sanjula, Vageesha Weerasinghe, Shanaka Harischandra, Uthpala Edirisinghe, Janik Chandimal, Chanith Chanaka, Vihanga Pivithuru, Iroshan Silva, Gihan Danushka, Sachith Silva

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