CH and FC have the edge over Havelocks
CH and FC which scored a smashing 39-15 win over Police in the
curtain-raiser of the Caltex ‘A’ Division League Rugby Tournament have
the edge over Havelocks Sports Club when they clash at Maitland Crescent
The park club which lost to Army by the staggering margin of 0-33
have been training hard during the last few days and are confident of
putting up a much better display to give the formidable CH and FC a
CH and FC have made one change. They have brought in reliable place
kicker Sajith Bandara to the last line of defence replacing Milinda
Jayasinghe while Havelocks will miss the services of Sri Lanka hooker
Rajiv Perera whose place will be taken by former Peterite hooker Roshan
Up front a close tussle for supremacy can be expected with CH’s
power-packed forwards Ranaweera, Ranatunga, Dinesh Sanjeewa, Sharo
Fernando Senarath and Achala Perera being confronted by equally good
forwards in Hassen, Sandaruvan, Amarasinghe, Dissanayake, Jayasena and
In the set scrums CH hooker Achala Perera should get the better of
his vis-a-vis Fonseka while the line outs should be shared by the CH duo
of Sanjeewa and Sandun Kumara and Havelocks’ Amarasinghe and Jayasena.
With a superior back division CH should make the maximum use of the
possession which comes their way.
Their halves combination of Shamrock and Mallikarachchi clicked last
week while centres Hettiarachchi and Fernando are hard runners who are
capable of piercing the Havelocks defence while on the wings they have
the services of that powerful runner Lakala Perera who had an excellent
game last week.
It is left to be seen how the park club’s back division will fare
today as they have lost the services of three key players - Samantha
Lakshan, Dilip Methruwan and Nuwan Hettiarachchi.
Last year Havelocks won the first round game by 19-11 while CH
triumphed by 29-10 in the return match at Maitland Crescent.
CH and FC - Jayantha Ranaweera, Achala Perera (captain), Sathya
Ranatunge, Dinesh Sanjeewa, Sandun Kumara, Wasamba Senarath, Sharo
Fernando, Dilanka Wijesekera, Tuan Shamrock and Sajith Mallikarachchi,
Ajith Upawansa, Avantha Hettiarachchi, Rushika Fernando, Lakala Perera,
Havelocks - Shafi Hassen, Roshan Fonseka, Danushka Sandaruwan,
Chathuranga Amarasinghe (captain), C. Bandara, Poornaka Delpechitra, S.B.
Dissanayake, Kavinda Jayasena, Dilan de Zoysa and Harsha Weerakkody,
Chanaka Fonseka, Ruwan Suranga, Nuwan Samith, Sumith Jagoda, Zakir