Kandy versus Navy pick of the semis
Today's Clifford Cup semi final clash could be the key game of the
two semis, -As the giants of club rugby Kandy Sports Club confronting
Navy Sports Club. The defending champion's, Kandy is eagerly expecting
to win at the Trinity College Rugby Stadium at Pallekelle by a big
margin, The kick off is at 4.15. The last two league games between these
two clubs ended on a thoroughly lopsided affair. The men in Red White
and Blue in both the games emerged victorious with a display of dazzling
Kandy Sports Club's head Coach Sean Wijesinghe has named his
strongest available XV for this semi final. He will be without their
play maker, fly half Fazill Marija, and few other key players all
nursing injuries, as a result utility player, Nigel Ratwatte will play
in the midfield and Arshad Jamaldeen will take the fullbacks position.
Kandy Sports Club should outclass the Sailors in every position, but one
area that the sailors are good at is their bac-kline.
Weather up in Kandy has taken a bit of a beating this week, but it
looks ideal for rugby, for both playing and watching. Predictions are
that Kandy SC will give their best..to win with a big margin.
Kandy Sports Club will be hoping to go for a big score, for which
they are capable of as they definitely hold the edge over the sailors.
So the defending champions are oozing with confidence following last
week's massive win and come out favourites. Kandy SC is a great crowd
In this match, as long as the Kandy mobile set of forwards dominates
it will be difficult task for the opponents. Knowing Kandy's forte is
their forwards the sailors will run the ball at every given opportunity.
The home side's strong point is their speedy three quarters, they
have a fine halves combination with powerful runners who are capable of
penetrating the Navy defence.
Navy will be fielding their best outfit spearheaded with their
powerful set of forwards, who play hard without much finish, but the
sailors no doubt will drive the Kandyans to the extremes.
If Kandy wins, they will be entering the Clifford Cup final for a
record 24th time as they have proved too strong, They have won the
Clifford Cup for a record 19 times, including for a consecutive period
of ten years between 1995 and 2005 (the competition was not held in
1998) and six consecutive years between 2007 and 2012. In 2006 Kandy and
Navy both withdrew from the tournament. (Kandy SC due to dispute over
the ground allocation).
Today's game will be controlled by an overseas referee.