Cops target top four finish
By Harsha Amarasinghe
CT Sports: Police Sports Club who finished fifth in the Dialog Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament last season will look for a top four finish this time around. Their season will get underway when they host Navy Sports Club at the Police Park this Friday.
Cops will be led by flanker Chanaka Udara, this season and he believes that they have got a 'decent' team.
"Some players left the club and we have brought in some players. However, we have a very confident bunch of players who are willing to put their bodies on the line for the club. So we are hoping to get some good results in the coming season and may be finish in the top four," said the flanker.
Udara however, admitted that they will find it difficult to replace their full back Riza Mubarak who left Police SC to join CR and FC.
"He is a very experienced player and he is known for his amazing kicking abilities. It's difficult to replace a player like him but, I hope our players will step up to the occasion," the captain added.
Scrum half Sudam Parinda is another key player who has left the club to join CR and FC while Sharo Fernando, Terence Henry, Chamara Dabare and Bilal Hasan all have been shown the exit door.
"Sudam's place will be taken by Piyum Jayasinghe and there are other players who could come and play well for the club," he stated.
Mohamed Abzal was arguably their best player last season having played at pretty much every position at the back after joining the club as a scrum half from Army Sports Club in 2015.
"Abzal is pretty young at this level, but he has matured a lot in the last couple of years or so.
He is willing to take the responsibility and deliver his best for the team," captain said of the scrum half that is likely to play at the back this season.
Former St. Peter's captain Sandesh Jayawickrama has also joined Police and Udara was in full praise of the 20-year-old.
"He is a very exciting prospect and he plays at fly half which is a very important position for any side. We have seen his performance for his college and we believe in him to deliver the goods," he added.
The Cops will be coached by former Sri Lanka and Police scrum half Sudath Sampath who has had a very successful campaign coaching the Sri Lanka under-20 team which won the Asia Seven Series title.
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