Kandy SC play host to CH and FC on Sunday
The defending Caltex League champions Kandy Sports Club should
maintain their winning streak when they take on CH & FC in their first
round match of the Caltex League Rugby Tournament scheduled to be played
at the Nittawela Rugby Stadium in Kandy on June 14 (Sunday).
Kandy SC who were plagued with injuries in their matches against Air
Force and Army were almost at full strength in their last match against
Police down in Colombo and they were able to post a 67-16 win which
helped them to climb on to the top of the table of points for the first
time. But they have an equal number of points as the second placed CR
and FC and it is the better number of tries scored which has helped
Kandy to head the table.
Kandy is certain to win their match against CH & FC unless there is
an upset and Kandy should consolidate by piling on the points.
With the return of mercurial scrum half, Kandy should be at full
strength except there is a little doubt about centre Gayan Weeraratne,
hooker Anuranga Walpola who are both nursing injuries. In case Walpola
does not play, his place will be taken by old Kingswoodian Arvinda
Udangamuwa who has displayed good form in the matches played todate.
CH & FC who started off well this season by heading the table of
points in the first two weeks have now slipped down to the fourth place
following unexpected defeats in the hands of Navy and Army who Kandy SC
defeated by good margins. They have a big task in their hands to defeat
Kandy in Nittawela and this is unlikely event.
Kandy has been experiencing afternoon showers and the conditions at
Nittawela should favour the home team and a massive win for Kandy is a
Kandy SC (from:) Kishore Jehan, Eranga Swarnatillake, Anuranga
Walpola /Arvinda Udangamuwa, Senaka Bandara, Zafeer Jhan, Sean
Wijesinghe, Dilip Selvam/Navinda Pullukuttiarachchi, Sajith Saranga,
(No. 8) Saliya Kumara and Fazil Marija, Sanjeewa Jayasinghe, Pradeep
Liyanage (captain), Mohammed Sheriff, Sameera Silva, Radhika
Hettiarachchi, Buddhi Talagampola, Prasad Chathuranga. Malinga
Godigamuwa, Kasun Yasisuru, Dhanushka Pushpakumara, Kusal Rankothge, and
CH & FC (from) Jayantha Ratnaweera, Achala Perera (captain), Sathya
Ranatunga, Dinesh Sanjeewa, Wasamba Herath, Shan Fernando, Bilal Hassen,
Dilanka Wijesekera, Tuan Shamrock, and Sajith Mallikarachchi, Lakala
Perera, Shane Dissanayake, Rushika Fernando, Ajit Upawansa, Milinda