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Dialog Rugby League – CH-Navy forwards tussle for supremacy

Dialog Rugby League – CH-Navy forwards tussle for supremacy
December 15
15:51 2017

UTV | COLOMBO – Dialog Rugby League tournament at the Racecourse International Stadium at 4pm.

Fifth placed CH beat Sri Lanka Air Force by 43-31 in an incident-filled encounter last week.

Former national skipper Yoshitha Rajapaksa led from the front to help the CH side register only their second win of the season.

The star-studded CH lineup has failed to live up to their pre-season expectations despite improving marginally at the latter stages of the opening round.

Youngster Samuel Maduwantha however has notched up 50 points thus far in the season and has made a big impact replacing skipper Rohitha Rajapaksa at the pivotal Fly-half position.

Coach Tavita Tulagese speaking to UTV Sports Corner said his new-look team took considerable time to play as a unit. However he stressed CH will be a force to reckon with in the second round Dialog League games.

Today meanwhile, the returning Lee Keegal will strive to provide the forward momentum to the backline and topple his former club colleagues at their adopted home.

Navy SC led by Dhanushka Perera on the other hand has been prolific at home this season. While on the road the Sailors have looked suspicious with two losses in three outings.

Last week, Kandy outclassed the Navy side by a handsome 34-20 margin.

The Welisara-based unit has been guilty of conceding scores of penalties at will and has undone the good work of their backline.

Full-back Thilina Weerasinghe has an impressive tally of 68 points through place-kicking and with runs along the flanks.

Coach Mothilal Jayathilake with a superior set of forwards will be confident of registering their fifth win of the campaign this evening.

A win today against CH, and results going their way in other weekend encounters could see, the 2014 Champions, concluding the first round at the runner’s up position. (Courtesy – NR)

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