The match should turn out to be a battle between Kandy’s power-packed forwards and CR & FC’s speedy three quarters. Kandy sc forwards have given a terrific display throughout the season in the loos e and should maintain their supremacy.
In the set scrums CR & FC hooker Supun Warnakulasooriya will have the edge against Kandy SC hooker Uchitha Jayasuriya while Kandy’s jumper Shehan Pathirana will have the advantage over CR duo of Joel Perera and Shemal Weerasekara in the line outs.
CR have a fine set of speedy three quarters but their halves combination have to hit it off smoothly.
Also they should punch holes in the Kandy defence and to do that their full back Kevin Dixon should join the line to form the overlap. The biggest threat to the hill capital club will be posed by fly half Tharinda Ratwatte with his sudden breaks and long kicks to touch
The Red Shirts have to make the maximum use of the ‘good ball’ that comes their way through their halves combination of Rahul De Silva and Tharinda Ratwatte and they must not delay their passes for their two hard running centres in strongly built Janindu Dilshan and Rehan Silva to hit the gaps without being ‘nailed’ by their opposite numbers.
They should also come up with a much better display than their last game played against Navy as they have two strong runners in winger Reeza Rafaideen while on the open side wing they will have the services of diminutive Chamod Fernando who has impressed with his sizzling runs in addition to an attacking full back in Dixon.
Kandy sc beat CR and FC by 41 points to 30 in the first round game at Nittawela in Kandy and another thriller is on the cards today.
CR & FC (Probable XV): Udara Gayan, Supun Warnakulasooriya, Charana Chamikara, Gayan Jayamanna, Panduka Angammana, Shemal Weerasekara, Joel Perera , Omalka Gunaratne (Captain), Rahul De Silva and Tarinda Ratwatte or Stefan Sivaraj, Reeza Rafaideen, Rehan Silva, Janindu Dilshan, Chamod Fernando, Kevin Dixon
Kandy SC (Probable Team): Yakoob Ali, Uchitha Jayasuriya, Ashan Darlin, , Heshan Silva, Suhiru Anthony, Jason Dissanayake, Tharindu Chathuranga, Shehan Pathirana, Roshan Weerasinghe and Nigel Ratwatte, Vishvamithra Jayasinghe, Lavanga Perera, Richard Darmapala (captain), Anurudda Wilwara, Thilina Wijesinghe
Army hold the upper hand against Police
In another game today the Police Sports club will have a tough time against Army sports club in their Dialog ‘A’ Division inter – club League second round rugby match at Air Force grounds in Ratmalana. Kick off will be at 4.00 pm.
Army SC (Probable Team): Aravinda Karunathilake, N. Ranasinghe, Sugath Nanayakkara, D. Adikaram, Nalan Premanath, P. Kumara, Upul Abeyratne (captain), Savenaca Qelo or Danuka Wijethilake, Mohamed Rizvi and Ashan Bandara, J. Janaka, Kasun Maduranga, S. Bulathsinhala, M. Nuwan, Gayan Salinda
Police SC (Probable XV): Ashen Fernndo, Lahiru Pavithra, Danushka Edirisuriya, Udara Suriyapperuma (Captain.), Mohan Wimalaratne, Udaya Sanjula, Vageesha Weerasinghe, Shanaka Harischandra, Uthpala Edirisinghe and Janik Chandimal, Sujan Kodithuakku, Emosi Vunivosa, Iroshan Silva, Gihan Danushka, Sachith Silva