Navy, Army in mid-table clash

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Action from last week’s match between Army SC and CH and FC

 

By Harsha Amarasinghe

Navy Sports Club will face a stern challenge from Army Sports Club as they go head-to-head in their Dialog Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament match scheduled to be played at 
Ratmalana today.


Although Navy would start the game as slight favourites, they must be wary of Army’s sensational form as they stunned one of the pre-tournament title contenders CH and FC last week.


Army centre Sameera Bulathsinhala has made superb progress since returning to the starting line-up. In fact in the previous game, he was the decisive player for the Soldiers.Fly-half Ashan Bandara is also rediscovering his form from last season, which is vital for Army. Bandara delivered some memorable performances in the stand-off position last season, most notably the hat-trick against CR and FC.


Navy on the other hand after a very poor start, got back to their winning ways last week with an emphatic win over Air Force.


The Navy pack may not have been as effective as it used to be in the past, but last week they demonstrated that they could still get the job done.


Wing three quarter Buddhima Piyarathne had an outstanding previous game and the Sri Lanka sevens star will  be key once more in the crucial battle.


Both sides have sealed two wins each thus far, and either could get into third place by the end of this evening with a victory as CR and FC are scheduled to play on Saturday.


ARMY SC: Niroshan Ranasinghe, Aravinda Karunanayake, Sugath Nanayakkara, Tharusha Adikaram, Prabath Kumara, Dhanushka Pushpakumara, Upul Abeyrathne (C), Dhanuka Wijethilake, Mohamed Rizwi and Ashan Bandara, Sudaraka Dikkumbura, Kasun Maduranga, Sameera Bulathsinhala, Madura Bandara, Gayan Salinda.


NAVY SC: Kasun de Silva, Mahesh Madushanka, Charith Silva, Raveen de Silva, Gevin Patrick, Gihan Perera, Adeesha Weeratunga, Radeesha Seneviratne, Richie Dharmapala and Mohamed Abzal, Buddhima Piyaratne, Mushin Faleel, Thanuja Maduranga, Dinusha Fernando, Thilina Weerasinghe (C).

 

 

Although Navy would start the game as slight favourites, they must be wary of Army’s sensational form as they stunned one of the pre-tournament title contenders CH and FC last week

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