CR-Kandy match should be a thriller
RUGBY: The eagerly awaited confrontation between defending champions
Kandy Sports Club and last year's runners up Ceylonese Rugby and
Football Club in their Caltex 'A' Division League rugby match at
Nittawela today should turn out to be a thriller.
With both teams remaining unbeaten a terrific tussle for supremacy
can be expected. It should turn out to be a battle between CR's
power-packed forwards and Kandy's speedy three quarters.
In Viraj Prasantha, Danushka Boteju, Dharmatilleke, Karthelis,
Walpola and skipper Pavithra Fernando, CR have some superb forwards who
should outplay their counterparts in the loose.
In the set scrums CR's Viraj Prasantha will come up against an
equally good hooker in Kandy's Mohamed Buksh while the line outs should
be shared by Kandy's Senaka Bandara, Imran Bisthamin and the CR duo of
Dharmatilleke and Karthelis.
Kandy will rely on their three quarters to deliver the goods.
In Nilfer Ibrahim and Fazil Marija they have a superb halves
combination, while skipper Sajith Mallikarachchi and Chamara Vithanage
are hard runners who are capable of piercing the CR defence but the
biggest threat to the Red Shirts will be posed by winger Sanjeeva
Jayasinghe who scored two spectacular tries last week with his powerful
runs down the flank.
In addition they have an attacking full back in Nalaka Weerakkody who
has the knack of joining the line to form the overlap.
KANDY SC - Jeewa Galgamuwa, Mohamed Buksh, Saranath Hettiarachchi,
Senaka Bandara, Imran Bisthamin, Sean Wijesinghe, Danushka Perera,
Dushanth Lewke, Nilfer Ibrahim and Fazil Marija, Sameera Silva, Sajith
Mallikarachchi (Captain), Chamara Vithanage, Sanjeeva Jayasinghe, Nalaka
CR AND FC - Danushka Boteju, Viraj Prasantha, Eranga Swarnatilleke,
Anuradha Dharmatilleke, Savantha de Saram, Ashen Karthelis, Pavithra
Fernando (Captain), Anuranga Walpola, Zulki Hamid and Omar Sariffodeen,
Dinesh Kumara, Mohamed Sheriff, A.T.P. Achalanka, Ravindra Wekadapola,
Asanga Rodrigo. (R.S.)