Clifford Cup k/o rugby : Nishone, Chamika star in Havies win | Sunday Observer

Clifford Cup k/o rugby : Nishone, Chamika star in Havies win

19 February, 2017
Police winger Reeza Rafaideen collects a high ball while Havies star centre Nishone Perera makes a valliant effort to spoil him. Pic by Chintaka Kumarasinghe

Former Peterite vice-captain cum centre Nishone Perera and Wesley College winger Chamika Kusal starred for Havelocks SC with two brilliant tries apiece to ensure their club a semi-final berth in the Dialog ‘A’ Division inter-club Clifford Cup knock-out rugby tournament.

Yesterday at Race Course grounds Reid Avenue.

Havies beat an fighting Police SC unit by 46 points (8 tries, 3 conversions) to 26 (4 tries, 3 conversions). At half the winners led 24 -19 at the breather.

Both teams entertained the spectators with a superb brand of open rugby running throughout the entire match.

For the Havies the tries were scored by centre Nishone Perera (two), winger Chamika Kusal (two), hooker Prasath Madushanka (one), full back Kevin Dixon (one), number eight Sudarshana Muthuthantri (one) and scrum half Sudam Sooriarachchi (one). The three conversions were fired across by centre Hirantha Perera.

Scrum half Mohamed Abzal (one), number eight Radeesha Seneviratne (one), prop forward Udara Gayan (one) and Charles Praveen (one) scored the tries for the Cops with full back Rajitha Sansoni putting over three conversions.

Referee: Irshad Cader

Army out to shock Navy today

A close game can be expected between two high riding teams Navy Sports Club and Army Sports Club when they lock horns in their Dialog ‘A’ Division inter-club knock-out quarter final rugby match at the Race Course Stadium, Reid Avenue today at 4.15pm.

The soldiers are packed with some outstanding players under the leadership of ever green number eight Manoj Silva but they should get their act together if they are to pull off a win against the formidable Sailors. To achieve that the several experience players who are in their ranks have to give off their best under Fijian coach Fereti Verabula.

Meanwhile the young Navy outfit at present are in a team rebuilding stage with lots of top school rugby players who did turn out for their respective schools last year playing in today’s game under the watchful eyes of their dedicated and committed head coach Mothilal Jayathilaka ably assisted by experienced national player Dev Anandh and captained by experienced club player Roshan Ranasinghe.


Navy SC (Probable XV): Roshan Ranasinghe (Captain), Dulanjana Wijesinghe, Kasun de Silva, Supun Peiris, Sathya Ranatunga, Kanchana Perera, Adeesha Weeratunga, Nivanka Prasad, Suranga Pushpakumara and Chanaka Chandimal, Buddhima Piyaratne, Gayan Wickramaratne, Thanuja Maduranga, Supun Dilshan, Thilina Weerasinghe, Head Coach: Mothilal Jayathilake, Asst.Coach: Dev Anandh

Army SC (Probable XV): Ashoka Jayalal, Sameera Wickramanayaka, Dillepa Niroshan, Nalaka Maduranga, Nishantha Kobbekaduwa, Sampath Rosa or Upul Abeynayaka, Chameera Silva, Manoj Silva (Captain), Rizvi Mohamad and Ashan Bandara, Mihiran Perera, Kamesh Fernando, Dinusha Ariyapala, Sudaraka Dikkumbura, Shanaka Perera, Head Coach: Fereti Verabula (Fiji).