Havies face tough Navy
By Nadeesha Chathuranga
Havelock Sports Club and Navy Sports Club will have a tough battle in hand when they clash in their inter-club rugby match to be held at Havelock Park today. Kickoff is at 6.30 p.m.
Havelocks lost their last game to CR & FC and it was a big shock for their team because they have a much stronger team than CR. Yet CR came up with a superb performance to win last week.
Havelocks are captained by Jason Melder who is playing as a lock forward, but he had some injuries this season. He is a very strong player and Havelocks will depend on his strength.
Prop Dushmantha Priyadarshana is also another important forward for Havelocks because he is habitually scoring tries at crucial moments against top teams. He scored last week too, but the team lost. Wing three quarter Chamara Dabare is not in good form.
He became their number one choice for wing three after the injury to Kevin Dixon earlier on. Since then Dabare has performed well in some games, but he needs to have some consistency.
Hirantha Perera who is playing as a centre was not able to score many tries this season. Last season he was superb and scored many tries for Havelocks and that is why he was selected to the Sri Lanka national sevens team. But this season he has not done that well for his side.
Navy Sports Club also lost their last game to Kandy Sports Club. Kandy team was favourites but many thought that Navy will fight hard. But it was an easy game for Kandy who won by a big margin.
Navy will rely on their full back Thilina Weerasinghe who is a great place kicker. He has scored so many points for the Navy this season from penalties and conversions. He has also scored tries. So this is a great chance for him to do well against a top team like Havelocks.
Winger Buddhima Piyarathna is also a very dangerous player. He had a great season last year and that is what made him a national sevens player. But this season he did not play that well and as a result tries have not come through him.
Navy forward Kasun de Silva is known for his power. In the last game he could not play as well as he could. But this time he has a great chance to show his power.
Havelocks and Navy are both good teams and the team that plays well today should win.
Navy SC: Dulanjana Wijesinghe, Kasun de Silva, L. Wishwajith, Raveen de Silva, N. Perera, Adeesha Weeratunga, Dhanushka Perera, J. Laksara, Harshana Maduranga, Mohamed Absal, Supun Dilshan, M. Faleel, Thanuja Maduranga, Dinusha Chathuranga, Thilina Weerasinghe.
Havelock SC: Prasad Madushanka, Dushmantha Priyadarshana, Jason Melder, S. Bandara, Sharo Fernando, Shenal Deelaka, S. Dias, Sithum Peiris, Rahul Silva, Dulaj Perera, C. Dabare, H. Perera, Nishon Perera, R. Fernando, Reeza Mubarak.
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