Havelocks face fierce challenge from Navy
Havelocks Sports Club which is in a buoyant mood after their
sensational 25-24 win over traditional rivals CR and FC face a fierce
challenge from giant killers Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club in their Caltex
‘A’ division return league match of the Cup Championship at Havelock
The Park Club strengthened by the foreign duo of Angsta Sae and Paula
Talaka ended a five year wait by overcoming the Red Shirts but will be
confronted by a gallant Navy outfit which toppled defending champions
the mighty Kandy SC by 29-25 at Welisara seven days ago.
Today’s confrontation should turn out to be a battle between Navy’s
marauding forwards and Havelocks’ speedy three quarters.
Navy skipper Yoshitha Rajapaksa has been a source of inspiration to
his team-mates with his fiery loose play and has been well supported by
Sathya Ranatunge, Bilal Hassen, Kalana Amarasinghe, Namal Rajapaksa,
sturdily built Sumedha Malewana and the omnipresent flanker Danushka
Perera and the Navy ‘eight’ should reign supreme in the loose.
Possession should play a vital role in the final outcome. In the set
scrums Sri Lanka ruggerite Bilal Hassen should get the better of his
vis-a-vis Roshan Fonseka while in the line outs the Havelocks trio of
Jayasena, Duminda de Silva and Dissanayake should prevail over the
Sailors duo of Amarasinghe and Malewana.
The Pink and Chocolate jerseyed lads boast of a superior back
division. The halves combination of ex-national player Amjad Buksh and
Pushpakumara Perera has hit it off smoothly which has resulted in
centres Anurddha Wilwara, Tongan national Sevens player Paula Talaka and
Chamara Vithanage tearing apart the opponents defence with their daring
runs and Havelocks will hope for another dazzling display from them
The sailors will strive to nullify this advantage with some
bone-crunching tackles from centres Dinusha Fernando, Dilip Methruwan
and flankers Yoshitha Rajapaksa and Danushka Perera to keep a close
check on Havelocks’ ‘threes’.
Havelocks - Desmond Wilson, Roshan Fonseka, Dushmantha Priyadarshana,
Kavinda Jayasena (captain), Duminda de Silva, Asela Dissanayake, Dhiren
Warnakulasuriya, Angsta Sae, Amjad Buksh and Pushpakumara Perera,
Chamara Vithanage, Anuruddha Wilwara, Paula Talaka, Isuru Shantha,
Navy Sports Club - Sathya Ranatunge, Bilal Hassen, Piumal
Manchanayake, Kalana Amerasinghe, Sumedha Malewana, Yoshitha Rajapaksa
(captain), Danushka Perera, Namal Rajapaksa, Suranga Pushpakumara and
Dev Anand, Samantha Lakshan, Dinusha Fernando, Dilip Methruwan, Niranjan
Wickremaratne, Eranda Weerakkody.