CR and FC face Havies in blockbuster clash

The traditional rivals CR and FC and Havelock SC are set for another blockbuster clash when they meet in the 2022/23 SLR Nippon Paint Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament Super Round Cup Championship opening fixture at Longden Place on Sunday.

CR and FC had a tremendous first-round performance as they finished second in the points table with six impressive victories and just a solitary defeat for a total of 34 points, which also included four bonus points.

In contrast, the Havies had to settle for third place in the points table after the completion of the first-round segment, where they managed only four victories and lost three games to obtain a total of 25 points from their seven matches.

The first-round encounter between these two teams turned out to be an absolute thriller where CR and FC created a major sensation to snatch a dramatic 23-21 victory with a last-minute try at Havelock Park.

Since that opening game, the two teams have moved in different directions with CR and FC gaining momentum with some outstanding rugby where they have been able to notch up five successive victories.

In fact, CR and FC’s only drawback this season was their close 11-13 defeat against the defending champions Kandy SC, but thereafter they have looked unstoppable with victories against Police SC (36-19), CH and FC (27-19), Air Force SC (29-24), Navy SC (33-27) and Army SC (22-18) respectively.

Havelock SC also made a good recovery after their shock first-round defeat at the hands of CR and FC as thereafter, they went on to beat Air Force SC (36-35), Navy SC (22-10), Army SC (31-15) and CH and FC (31-17) respectively.

But in a dramatic turn of events the Havies suddenly lost their confidence as they crashed to two humiliating defeats at the hands of lowly Police SC (19-21) and Kandy SC (15-35) in back-to-back games on their home grounds. As a result, the Park Club finds themselves in a real mess at the moment as they look to get out of jail and get back to winning ways in this decisive fixture. CR and FC, of course, are heading on the right path with a clear motive and they are just three games away from winning the league title since 1998, in their Centenary Year.

Navy vs Kandy SC

Meanwhile, Kandy SC will start favourites when they take on Navy SC in another SLR Nippon Paint Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament Super Round Cup Championship match at Welisara today.

The defending champions have all the reasons to feel confident going into this game after an excellent first-round, where they were able to register seven successive victories for a maximum of 39 points, inclusive of four bonus points.

In contrast, Navy SC secured their place in the elite Super Round segment of the tournament at the last moment after they defeated Air Force SC 32-31 in their final first-round game with an injury-time penalty.

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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