Sandun Herath returns from injury

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Havies without Melder for Air Force clash



Sandun Herath runs with the ball (file photo)



By Harsha Amarasinghe

Wing three quarter Sandun Herath has returned from a yearlong knee injury to be included in the Havelock Sports Club’s starting line-up for their Dialog Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament match against Air Force Sports Club at Havelock Park this evening (6.30pm).

The former Havelock captain was a regular member of the national side, but a serious knee injury that he suffered in 2016 saw the 25-year-old being sidelined ever since. A product of St. Peter’s College, Herath will replace Chamara Dabare in the left wing.

Meanwhile, the Park Club who started off the season with a 36-00 win over Police last week will be without their captain Jason Melder for this fixture as the former St. Joseph’s skipper is ruled out with an injury, and will be replaced by Shanaka Bandara.

Fly-half Niroshan Fernando, who missed the league opener last week against Police, has been passed fit for the Air Force game which means Dulaj Perera will drop to the bench, probably for the first time in his Havelock career with Riza Mubarak being preferred at full-back.

Hirantha Perera is expected to be restored in the Havelock first XV in place of young Dinuk Amarasinghe to join their top scorer of last season Nishon Perera at centre.

Air Force are set to field the same starting line-up from last week which includes the two new signings Charles Praveen and Radeesha Senevirathne.

Former Isipathana speedster Ranidu Padmasanka has made himself a regular starter for the Airmen in what looks to be a very decent backline with the likes of Chathura Senevirathne, Krishan Jayasooriya, Ishara Madushan and Amila Bandara being included.

They are still without probably their fastest man Rumesh Ramdas who was instrumental in pulling off that miraculous victory over Kandy last year. The former St. Anthony full-back has been carrying a hamstring injury for the last couple of weeks and could only return in three weeks time.

Air Force had a golden opportunity to beat CR and FC last week having taken a 6-3 half time lead, but they ended up losing 21-09.




Havelock XV: Liston Flatney, Prasath Madushanka, Dushmantha Priyadarshana, Shanaka Bandara, Sharo Fernando, Senal Deelaka, Shehan Dias, Sithum Peiris, Sudam Parinda and Niroshan Fernando, Sandun Herath, Hirantha Perera, Nishon Perera, Kevin Dixon, Riza Mubarak
Air Force XV: Ranuka Medegedara, Parakrama Ratnayake, Charles Praveen, Supun Madushanka, Nilantha Jayaweera, Tharindu Shanaka, Radeesha Seneviratne, Saraka Warella, Gayantha Iddamalgoda and Nuwan Perera, Amila Bandara, Charith Seneviratne, Krishan Jayasooriya, Ranidu Padmasanka, Ishara Madushan