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Rugby-CR-Police clash on July 6

The confrontation between the youthful CR and FC and the experienced Police Sports Club at Longden Place on July 6 (Friday) is the pick of this week's matches in the Dialog 'A' Division League Rugby Tournament.

The Policemen who suffered three successive defeats at the hands of Havelocks (10-33), Navy (18-33) and Kandy SC (0-25) scored a morale boosting 12-10 win over Up Country Lions and are in a buoyant mood and will go flat out to overcome the Red Shirts and register their second successive victory.

The Red Shirts who began the season with two successive wins over Army (22-20) and Air Force (44-27) then suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of traditional rivals Havelocks SC (7-38) and will have to come up with a much better display on Friday if they are to get the better of the Policemen.

CR and FC have the services of two New Zealanders - Luke Muggeridge and Palaksala Molele but their youngsters have failed to live up to expectations and players of the calibre of Nipuna Devinda, Hafiz Adahan, Chilanka Samaraweera, Ranjula Perera and Shehan Pathirana will have the tough task of matching up to the seasoned Police forwards - Nishantha Welagedera, Sivadason, Chammika Thushara, Dinesh Kumara, T D Seneviratne and skipper Romesh Archarige if they are to emerge victorious and stay in contention for the Dialog 'A' Division League title. The Policemen have also in their ranks two top foreigners - fly half Sam Olele and centre Fijian Roko who should test the CR defence to the hilt on Friday.

Posted on 2012-07-03 20:04:25
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