Can CR withstand Army's fire-power?
Can the high-riding CR and FC withstand Army's fire-power? The answer
to this question will be found only this evening when these two teams
clash in their Caltex 'A' Division League Rugby match at Police Park.
The kick off is scheduled for 4.45 p.m.
The Red Shirts remain unbeaten with four smashing wins over Air Force
(26-0), Police (54-3), Havelocks (37-12) and Navy (32-10) but today they
confront an Army outfit which is in a buoyant mood after their
sensational 21-12 win over the formidable CH and FC having earlier
overcome Navy (15-10) and Havelocks (33-0).
Up front a terrific tussle for supremacy can be expected with CR's
power-packed forwards Boteju, Anuja Perera, Noor, Karthelis, Lewke and
Danushka Perera coming up against the marauding 'Army eight' with
Meepage, Kotalawela, Jayalal, Suranga, Susantha and Ratnayake who are
likely to come up with another sterling display. In the set scrums CR's
Anuja Perera should get the better of his vis-a-vis Jayalal while the
line outs should be shared between the CR duo of Noor and Karthelis and
Army's Susantha and Perera.
With a fine halves combination in Zulki Hamid and Dev Anand the Red
Shirts will strive to make the maximum use of the 'good ball' which
comes their way by setting their three quarters in motion as they have
hard running centres in Vithanage and de Costa in addition to that
powerful runner on the wings Nuwan Chamara who are capable of breaching
the Army defence.
The soldiers have brought in Upul Kumara to the pivotal fly half
berth and he will pair off with Asiri and if the new halves combination
clicks they could test the CR and FC defence to the hilt as they have a
hard running centre in Asanka Perera in addition to two powerful runners
on the wings in Lankatilleke and Saliya Handapangoda with full back
Kapila Knowlton having the knack of joining the line to form the
Army: Nishantha Kotelawala (Captain), Asoka Jayalal, Nushal Meepage,
Ajit Susantha, A. P. Perera, R. M. G. Ratnayake, Jayaratne, V. C. D.
Sujith, T. A. Asiri and Upul Kumara, Lankatilleke, Asanka Perera,
Sampath, Saliya Handapangoda, Kapila Knowlton.
CR and FC: Danushka Boteju, Anuja Perera, Henry Terrence, Ishan Noor,
Ashan Karthelis (Captain), Pavithra Fernando, Danushka Perera, Dushanth
Lewke, Zulki Hamid and Dev Anand, Nuwan Chamara, Chamara Vithanage,
Ashan de Costa, Dinusha Chathuranga, Srinath Sooriyabandara