CH - Havies a bone crunching contest today
By Bernie Wijesekera
The Havies-CH&FC second-leg rugby match at Havelock Park today on Sunday July 20 should turn out to be a bone crunching contest between the respective forwards.
In the first-leg Havies playing better rugby were distinctly unlucky to lose the game. They indulged in a fine exhibition of open rugby where the foreign players - especially Waka stood out. He made some intelligent breaks to bemuse the CH defence.

In today's game both teams are geared to give of their best in this battle of attrition. Foreign players from both teams will be the showpiece. CH blessed with a young mobile 'pack' is improving fast and playing with much understanding. For the future of the game it's good.

All clubs are paying special emphasis in grooming youngsters for the future to uplift the game at naional level. Havies will be a force to be reckoned with in their own backyard that, too played before their frenzied fans. CH who did well to topple Army with a late rally will strive to maintain their winning streak to be in the running for the league title.

Royal-Thomian at the 'Park'
The Royal-Thomian inter-school rugby match which was in the balance due to the traditional Bradby Shield match will now definitely be played on July 25 at Havelock Park. According to Royal College hierarchy it will be on the above date before the Bradby Shield second-leg against Trinity, to be staged in Colombo.

After a lukewarm start, the Thomians have shown up well in their recent outings. They did well to drub St. Anthony's Kandy in Kandy. The game should be keenly contested though on paper Royal has the edge with a sleek back line - led by centre three quarter Rajith Jayasundera. -BW

Cake walk for Isipathana
Isipathana ran circles round the hapless Dharmaraja rugby players when they thrashed them by 47 points (4 goals, 2 tries, 3 penalties) to 3 (1 penalty) in the inter-school rugby encounter played at Nittawela yesterday. At the breather the winners led 16-0.

Full back Lasintha de Costa scored two tries while centre Nalin Liyanage, fly half Naresh Liyanage, winger Chanaka Fonseka and second row Asoka Gunawardena scored one each for the winners, with hooker Sendil Kumara doing the conversion and booting the penalties.-MSA

Thrilling win for Prince of Wales
After being led 13 -7 at the breather, Prince of Wales came back during the last stages of the game to score a thrilling 19 points (2 goals, 1 try) to 16 (1 goal, 3 penalties) win over D.S. Senanayake College in the inter-school rugby encounter played at Havelock Park.

The Cambrians drew first blood with a try scored by wing three quarter Pasan Arundhitha with skipper and centre Ujitha Manoj adding the extra points. A few minutes later DSS replied with two successive penalties put over by skipper and fly half of the side Viraj Liyanaarachchi and then a try by winger Namal Dayaratne with Viraj making no mistake with the conversion.

Resuming in the second half the Cambrians increased their score and took over the lead with winger Pasan planting his second try which was converted by skipper Ujitha. But DSS replied with a penalty put over by skipper Viraj that gave DSS a 16-14 lead to them. With a ding dong battle being fought out the Cambrians succeeded in the last minute of the game when scrum half Hashan Gomes went over for a try to give them a thrilling win. -MSA

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