Police Sports Club and Havelock Sports Club will feature in their SLR Inter-Club ‘A’ Division League Rugby Tournament first round match at Police Park today at 4.15 pm.
The Police have brought in former skipper Chanaka Harischandra to play in the pivotal position of number eight and shifted Udaya Sanjula to play in his pet position as flanker
In the pack former Isipathana crack number eight Wageesha Veerasinghe will play as flanker. Hashan Fernando and Danushka Edirisuriya will bind in the front row with hooker Rasith Silva.
The forte of both teams has been their power-packed forwards. The Police ‘eight’ especially Hashan Fernando, Danushka Edirisuriya, Udara Sooriyapperuma, Mohan Wimalaratne Udaya Sanjula, Wageesha Weerasinghe, Chanaka Harishchandra are expected to give a terrific display in the loose today and secure ‘good ball’. If they deliver then the Cops will have a good chance of pulling off this game.
However, they face a huge challenge from the Havies forwards spearheaded by burly number eight Lasindu Karunathilake who will be ably supported by Abdulla Faiz, Ashmir Fajudeen, Janindu Fernando, Imesh Madushan, Matheesha Sarathchandra, captain Shenal Deelaka and Maleesha Madumewan.
In the set scrums the experienced Police hooker Rasith Silva should get the better of his vis-a-vis Fajudeen while the line outs should be shared between the Havies duo of Sarathchandra and Madumewan and Police Udara Sooriyapperuma, and Mohan Wimalaratne.
Havies’s halves combination comprising Vimukthi Rahula and former Peterite skipper Sandesh Jayawickrama has been playing together well in the ongoing season. All will depend on how they will click as a pair in this crucial match. Havies will hope that their half combination will pair off well with experienced fly half Jayawickrama.
In all probability, Rahula will set his speedy three quarters in motion at every given turn, as they have two hard running centres in Sri Lanka player cum ex Peterite vice captain Nishon Perera and another Peterite centre Theekshana Dassanayake. This is in addition to the experienced wingers Ramesh Fernando, who has stood out with his powerful runs down the flank along with former Isipathana winger Asitha Punchihewa.
Also, as full back they have veteran ex Sri Lanka player in Mithun Hapugoda who is there to join the line and form the overlap.
Meanwhile, Police will hope that their halves combination of Suranga Kasun and former Prince of Wales’ fly half Yohan Perera will hit it off today. The half combination of these two players will have to give a very good performance today if the Police are to emerge victoriously.
Police SC (probable XV): Hashan Fernando, Rasith Silva, Danushka Edirisuriya, Udara Sooriyapperuma, Mohan Wimalaratne, Udaya Sanjula, Wageesha Weerasinghe, Chanaka Harishchandra, Suranga Kasun and Yohan Perera, Sachith Silva, Prince Akash, Iroshan Silva (Captain), Shan Akila, Janith Chanaka, Head Coach: Asanga Rodrigo, Assistant Coach: Danushka Boteju
Havies SC (probable XV): Abdulla Faiz, Ashmir Fajudeen, Janindu Fernando, Imesh Madushan, Matheesha Sarathchandra, Shenal Deelaka (Captain), Maleesha Madumewan, Lasindu Karunathilake, Vimukthi Rahula and Sandesh Jayawickrama, Ramesh Fernando, Theekshana Dassanayake, Nishon Perera, Keshan Kavinda, Mithun Hapugoda. Head Coach: Sanath Martis, Assistant Coach: Lakala Perera