November 29, 2023
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Military out to topple Navy in Clifford Cup semis

Military SC will look to supply one other giant-killing efficiency after they tackle Navy SC of their SLR Nippon Paint Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Event second semi-final fixture on the Racecourse Grounds in Colombo at present.

Military SC have already created the most important upset for the present season having introduced down the defending champions Havelock SC 39-17 within the quarter-final encounter performed at Longden Place.

In distinction, Navy SC will make their first look of the event as they have been handed a bye into the semi-finals after the defending champions Kandy SC and CH and FC pulled out from the occasion – the oldest rugby competitors in Asia.

Military SC have turned issues round magnificently with some very good all-round rugby they usually appeared to have reached their peak throughout this latter a part of the season.

They confirmed an unlimited enchancment through the latter phases of the League Event and completed off issues with an enormous 60-12 drubbing of CH and FC on their residence grounds at Panagoda.

This gorgeous win additionally helped Military SC to keep away from a last-place end within the League Event factors desk as they secured seventh place with a creditable 19 factors having recorded two wins and drawn one recreation.

Nevertheless, Navy SC did not hold that promise after qualifying to play within the elite Cup Championship Tremendous Spherical phase as their possibilities disappeared with back-to-back defeats towards Kandy SC (28-37) and CR and FC (17-37) respectively.

Nevertheless, they have been capable of redeem some misplaced pleasure and conclude the League Event with a morale boosting 26-6 victory over a depleted Havelock SC outfit at Havelock Park.

Military SC have all the time made their presence felt within the knock-out tournaments and have proved that they’ve the potential to upset any high aspect on their greatest day.

This recreation can even present each groups with a bit of rugby historical past as Military SC have gained the Clifford Cup solely twice whereas Navy SC have emerged champions solely on one event.

The truth is, Military SC final gained the Clifford Cup in 1975 and entered the ultimate in three successive years from 2000 to 2002 whereas shedding to Kandy SC on all three events on the Nittawela Stadium.

In the meantime, Navy SC gained the Clifford Cup for the primary time in 2014 after they defeated Havelock SC 27-22 within the last performed on the Racecourse and likewise went on to achieve the 2018 last earlier than happening to Kandy SC 7-21 at Longden Place.

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