Defending Champions Kandy Sports Club will be looking for their tenth consecutive win of the season when they host CR & FC in a Dialog Rugby League encounter at the Nittawela Stadium at 4.00 this evening.
The Gayan Weeraratne’s team looking for their fourth back to back Title has been in sublime form scoring a record 58 tries so far and decimated all their ‘A’ division opponents. National coloursmen Anuruddha Wilawara and Dhanushka Ranjan have spearheaded the attack with 10 and 08 tries respectively while Thilina Wijesinghe has accumulated 88 points.
The glamour boys of local rugby are also the most disciplined side in the league with minimum cautions by referees and Coach Sean Wijesinghe is eying for another Championship with a couple of games to spare.
The young CR & FC brigade has had mixed fortunes during the campaign and is placed fourth in the Dialog League Points Table. Kavindu Perera’s team has won five games including a keenly fought 33-31 win over Police SC last week.
After opening the account with two wins the Reds struggled with injuries and their lean squad has been challenged to keep up with their ‘A’ Division opponents. On-field leadership by playmaker Tharinda Ratwatte and Omalka Gunaratne however have helped the team to cross the line during some closely fought encounters.
The Longdon Place-based club has some of the fastest men in the local rugby scene however Coach Fereti Verebula has had very little impact in transforming the team into a Champion outfit.
The CR side will be faced with a tough task today to contain the devastating Kandy line while also having to counter the impact of Kandy’s famous Nittawela fan base.
The Reds should aim to play Ten-man rugby this evening and starve delivery for Fazil Marija’s backline. The hosts meanwhile will once again be looking to use the width of the field to plant tries at will.
Coach Sean Wijesinghe will also expect the Kandy forwards to make a bigger impact in attack especially ahead of some tougher opponents in the coming weeks.