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Police meet Airmen in a blockbuster

Air Force Sports Club will meet Police Sports Club in their Dialog ‘A’ Division ‘Clifford Cup’ knock out Rugby championship first Semi final match at Race Course grounds in Colombo today. This match is due to get underway at 4.00 pm.

Police In their confrontation against the Air Force in the league, in the first round, were given a torrid time before winning by 28-19 at Police Park. But in the second round game at Air force grounds at Ratmalana, Air Force had the better of Police 16-7. But Cops will have the upper hand against the Airmen this time around. Their forwards in - Rukshan Payantha, Ashen Fernando, Danushka Edirisooriya, experienced Shanaka Harischandra, Lahiru Pavithra, captain Chanaka Udara and young Vageesha Weerasinghe will have the edge over their counterparts.

Air Force forwards lately have played as a unit with the inclusion of Saraka Warella to the number eight position. Young Prop Charles Praveen, Skipper and hooker Lahiru Udayanga, and experienced prop forward Ranuka Medagedera, flanker Abishek Fernando and Second row forward Thilina Bandara are the players to watch in this game.

In the back line battle for possession, Police SC will have the edge over their rivals. Iroshan Silva, brother Sachith Silva, Janith Chandimal, Sujan Kodithuwakku, Vihanga Pivithuru, Dhanushka Uthpala and the link man Primesh Danushka will surely penetrate their opponents’ defence more often.

But Airmen too have a fine back division with players of the calibre of Gayantha Iddamalgoda, Ishara Madhushan, Ranindu Padmasanka, Jero Dananjaya, Surya Krishan, Kaushal Manupriya and Rumesh Ramdas who will try to punch holes in the Police defence.

Hence today’s semifinal clash for the Clifford cup between Police Sports Club and Air Force Sports Club will promises to be a real blockbuster.

Air Force (Probable XV):

Ranuka Medagedera, Lahiru Udayanga (Captain), Charles Praveen, Thilina Bandara, Nilantha Jayaweera, Rumesh Wasantha, Abishek Fernando, Saraka Warella, Gayantha Iddamalgoda and Ishara Madhushan, Ranindu Padmasanka, Jero Dananjaya, Surya Krishan, Kaushal Manupriya, Rumesh Ramda

Police Sports Club (Probable Team):

Ashen Fernando, Lahiru Pavithra , Danushka Edirisooriya, Ruckshan Payantha, Chanaka Udara (Captain), Vageesha Weerasinghe, Kavinda Jayasundara, Shanaka Harishchandra, Primesh Dhanushka or Suranga Kasun and Dhanushka Uthpala, Sachith Silva, Iroshan Silva, Vihanga Pivithuru, Sujan Kodithuwakku, Janik Chandimal


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