Navy lead with extra game but Kandy to bounce back with lead

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By Shamseer Jaleel Navy Sports Club got into the lead at the inter club league encounter after week 7 after completing all of their eight games at the first round. Kandy who had a break for two weeks in a row are expected to take the lead after their last first round game against a lowly placed CH & FC will be played on January 3 in Colombo. Kandy SC have obtained the service of a Tongan Player Koto Pongi who was playing club rugby in Japan. The Tongan giant is expected to play at the centre or wing forward position. Kandy will be at full strength when their South African Chris Colette returns for the CH & FC encounter. Navy SC had an outstanding game last week when they went past a gutsy Havies outfit who ran out of ideas in the second half. After leading in the first half, Havies lost focus with some changes which allowed the opposition a win. Havies are placed third but are expected to take the lead when they lock horns with Hambantota Sharks on January 3 at Beliatte. Havies have some outstanding players in their ranks such as Dulaj Perera, Shehan Pathirana, Mohamed Sheriff and Dhanushka Ranjan. Navy, too, are no pushover with some talented players in their camp at Welisara. Led by Yoshitha Rajapakse and ably supported by players such as Srinarth Sooriyabanadara, Reza Mubarak, Dinusha Fernando,Chamara Dabarare and Stefano, they are fully geared to keep the League title at home. wilwara will make a come back after on emonth break due to his injury CR & FC, who are going through a mixed season, will meet Sri Lanka Air Force on January 4 in a home game. Coached by Imthisam Marrikar, one of the best at present days, they are expected to re-group in the second round for a better performance. The Police and Army encounter too will be a close one with Army having more than 7 overseas players under their belt. According to a reliable source, with the Presidential election coming up in the following week the second round games are expected to start after one week’s break.