CR and FC will face an acid take a look at once they tackle Police SC within the SLR Nippon Paint Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Match first semi-final encounter on the Racecourse Grounds in Colombo at this time.
CR and FC, who have been the League runners-up, acquired a bye into the semi-finals and can come out for the primary time on this match after the League champions Kandy SC and CH and FC pulled out from the competitors.
In distinction, Police SC have already left a mark as they’d the satisfaction of defeating the Plate Champions of the not too long ago concluded League Match Air Drive SC 22-17 within the quarter-final fixture performed on the identical venue.
The Policemen have actually proved that they’re probably the most improved groups this season and will probably be decided to offer their greatest and attain the ultimate after a lapse of eight years. This sport can also be vital for CR and FC as they’re hoping to win silverware of their Centenary Yr season after having missed out the League Championship by a slim margin. CR and FC final received the Clifford Cup method again in 2006 when the staff led by Pavithra Fernando trounced their conventional rivals Havelock SC 37-5 within the ultimate performed at Longden Place.
Thereafter, CR and FC have been in a position to attain the Clifford Cup ultimate for 3 successive years from 2007 to 2009 however on all three events they needed to be content material as runners-up shedding to Kandy SC on the Nittawela Stadium.
In the meantime, Police SC are additionally hoping to make historical past as they final received the Clifford Cup method again in 1991 the place they edged out CH and FC 13-11 within the ultimate encounter.
Their 21-19 gorgeous win over favourites Havelock SC earlier in a League Match fixture was a superb instance of their capabilities and this match additionally turned out to be the turning level of their success.
Thereafter, they went on to beat CH and FC twice 27-22 within the League first spherical and 41-26 within the Plate Championship match adopted by an in depth win over Military SC (15-14) earlier than shedding the decisive sport to Air Drive SC (5-11).
The Police SC forwards will definitely trigger some main issues to the CR and FC staff, who’ve rallied principally with their superior again division. CR and FC, in fact, received the League Match fixture 36-19 at Longden Place with their two place-kickers Chathura Seneviratne and Thenuka Nanayakkara taking part in a dominant function.