Kandy to con­tinue win­ning streak

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS - BY SHAMZEER JALEEL

Un­beaten Kandy SC will be up against a de­mo­ti­vated CH and FC out­fit at the Nit­tawela Rugby Sta­dium to­mor­row (9). Kick-off is sched­uled at 4pm.

Kandy af­ter their mag­nif­i­cent win over the Red Shirts, well sup­ported by their for­wards last week­end are ex­pected to pull this off as well. On form and fit­ness, the Up Coun­try out­fit are faster than their op­po­nents whose ma­jor worry is the fit­ness of their play­ers al­though they hold some big names.

CH and FC who have been beaten in no less than three games will be out of league con­tention if they lose this one as well. They have some big names such as Yoshitha Rajapakse, Su­dahr­shana Muthuthanthri, Hi­ran­tha Per­era, Lee Kea­gle, Niroshan Per­era, Su­dam Soori­yarachchi and Sa­muel Maduwan­tha who as a unit are yet to click, but it could be too late now con­ced­ing three vi­tal games in the first round. Lo­cal boy, Sa­muel Maduwan­tha’s kick­ing will be very im­por­tant in or­der to put pres­sure on the home team. He has been in good form in cer­tain matches but los­ing out on con­sis­tency is a big worry for their head Coach, Ronnny Ibrahim.

Mean­while Kandy led by Richard Dharma­pala sup­ported by Dhanushka Ran­jan, Roshan Weer­aratne, He­shan Kal­hara, She­han Pathirana, Sayuru An­thony, Buwanaka Udan­ga­muwa and Yakoob Ali all look in peak form. Their full back, Thilina Wi­jesinghe is in good kick­ing form this sea­son. He is safe in his po­si­tion giv­ing much needed ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage for Kandy and putting the pres­sure on vis­it­ing teams.

Kandy will be with­out Sooriya­ban­dara, Gayan and Wil­wara. In form Kandy should win this en­counter and con­tinue their un­beaten run in the league.

Ref­er­ees should be mind­ful of in­juries and not al­low un­fit play­ers to be on the field due to in­juries sus­tained dur­ing the game. Coach­ing staff will al­ways want to win but it should not be at the risk of play­ers. Both the Match Doc­tor and ref­er­ees will need to play an ac­tive role to avoid these in­ci­dents sup­ported by the Match Com­mis­sioner. REF­EREE: Pra­neeth

Weeranga

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