Tue, 18 Jun 2024

Navy, Air Force eye first win of season

By Sandun Kodithuwakku

Navy Sports Club and Air Force Sports Club will look to register their first win this season when they battle it out in their Dialog Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament fixture at Welisara tomorrow (03).

Navy SC suffered their fourth successive defeat in their previous outing when they lost to CH and FC 21-23 after a close contest at the Racecourse Grounds.

They will once again bank on the place kicking of Chathura Seneviratne who had a very good last match against CH and FC.

However, the Navy SC pack which has been their strength for many seasons has not been as lethal as it used to be mainly due to the absence of some key players.

Meanwhile, Air Force SC have made few changes as number eight Dinesh Weerarathne and full back Amitha Silva are set to make their debut this season while pushing Ramzan Amith, Manuka Perera and Jason Karunarathne to the bench.

The Air Force SC pack will be spearheaded by Captain Ranuka Medagedara who will no doubt use all his experience in an attempt to get the better of the opposition.

The Airmen lost to Havelock SC 11-16 in their previous game at Ratmalana.

The teams

Navy SC: Deshan Wimukthi, Pradeep Ranaweera, Charith Silva, Janith Laksara, Kavishka Gayashan, Gihan Perera, Adeesha Weerathunga, Radeesha Senevirathna, Richie Dharmapala (Captain), Seru Cavuilati, Dananjaya Samith, Faleel Mushin, Sachinka Abeysekara, Chathura Senevirathna, Isuru Kongahawatta.

Air Force SC: Ranuka Medagedara (Captain), Parakkrama Rathnayake, Nuwan Rajakaruna, Nilantha Jayaweera, Anjula Hettiarachchi, Abishek Fernando, Gimhana Silva, Sarath Weralla, Nuwan Perera, Gayantha Iddamalgoda, Ishara Madushan, Krishan Soorya, James Tuteovuya, Tuan Packeer, Faris Ali. 

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