Kandy SC secures rugby League for 17th time in 22 years | Daily News

Kandy SC secures rugby League for 17th time in 22 years

Defending champions Kandy Sports Club secured the League Championship with one game to spare for yet another year with their 19/8 win over Sri Lanka Navy SC outfit in the league fixture played at Welisara last Saturday.

Kandy SC coached by Sean Wijesinghe has become the uncrowned kings of club rugby this season with an unbeaten record. They had been unbeaten earlier on three previous occasions, the last in 2009. Kandy SC has 72 points and the next closest rival Havelocks SC is seven points behind with 65. Kandy SC's final game of the league season will be against Havelocks on Sunday. Even a bonus point win for Havelocks in this game won't close the gap.

Kandy SC's success was on the forwards and backs. They had two solid props for every match; two towering second rows did their best and were outstanding in loose play. The fast breaking flankers were there to always hound the loose ball and were solid in defense and finally the last and the best of them all was the number eight forwards who played in different matches was undoubtedly the best of the lot. The way Kandy SC forwards played it will be good for some clubs to take a few lessons from them. The scrum half a former captain and present acting captain was outstanding and actually the play maker of the game. Fly half, centers and the wingers were at their best and the last line of defense was well manned.

In the last game the weather conditions particularly during the first half was the worst experienced after a very long time, but still the game was played in the best interest with lots of excitement. It must be mentioned that Kandy' SC's Nigel Ratwatte created many a benefit to the side with his intelligent play involving himself at every point. He is bound to turn out to be Kandy SC's best player and for the national team this season.

In their last outing Kandy SC beat Navy SC in their own den at Welisara even though the match had no bearing on the league table, yet it generated a lot of heat amongst the players who were going at each other. From the kick off it was evident that the boys from the hills had come determined to knock the daylights off the Sailors which they did to perfection.

Kandy SC's rugby chairman Lasantha Wijeysuriya spoke with a degree of utmost satisfaction after his club scored three tries in beating Navy 19-8 in their second round inter club rugby tournament match. He was happy to see the club winning the league for another season under his chairmanship. He was full of praise and appreciation to the players, coaches, rugby support staff, club president, committee members, rugby fans, sponsors, and print and television media for the wide publicity given to the club throughout the season.

Kandy SC's league championship honours list: 1994, 1995, 1997 (unbeaten), 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (unbeaten), 2008 (unbeaten), 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014/15, 2015/16 (unbeaten) - 17 times in 22 years

The Kandy SC squad who made history - Fazil Marija, Roshan Weeraratne, Gayan Weeraratne, Tuan Kishor Jehan, Gayan S. Bandara Jayawardene, Asitha Ratnayake, Damith Dissanayake, Tharindu Chanaka, Heshan Silva, Lavanga Perera, Oshan Perera, Dansha Dayan, Anuruddha Wilwara, Pumal Manchanayake, Kasun Bandara Jayasuriya, Lasitha Attanagoda, Thilina Wijesinghe, Tharindu Chathuranga, Richard Dharmapala, Gayan Ratnayake, Arshad Jamaldeen, Yakoob Ali, Nigel Ratwatte, Buwanaka Udangamuwa, Dimithri Wijetunge, Chanaka Bandara, Lochan Girihagama, Shehan Pathirana, Vishwa Jayasinghe, Srinath Sooriyabandara, Lahiru Anthony, Thusitha Karunatilake, Raveen de Silva, Sean Wijesinghe (coach), Nalaka Weerakody (coach three-quarters), Saliya Kumara (Manager), Kapila Silva (Convener), Lasantha Wijesuriya (Chairman rugby).



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