Sudarshan Muthuthanthri (Havelock SC) | Fazil Marija (Kandy Sports Club)

The second round fixtures of the 2015/16 inter-club Dialog League Rugby Tournament will begin on 16 January (Saturday) where all eight teams will lock horns in different venues with matches commencing at 4pm. The real surprising factor is the absence of a one-week break, like last season (2014/15), before the second round matches resumes. This means that the fitness of teams will be put to test like never before. Players carrying injuries will not get that little breather to put their systems in order.

At the conclusion of the first round matches defending league champions Kandy SC finished unbeaten and are right on top with a total of 39 points.

Havelocks are placed second with 33 points with just one loss to Kandy SC.

There is a very close battle for the third and fourth places as both CR&FC and Navy SC have accumulated 25 points each. But as per Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) tournament rules, Navy SC occupy the third slot pushing CR and FC to fourth place despite both teams having scored 27 tries each.

Even after Army SC’s loss to the Police SC last week, they still managed to secure the fifth position with a total of 20 points brushing aside the law enforcement officers to the sixth slot. The ‘cops’ have accumulated 19 points.

Air Force SC with a solitary win over CH and FC are placed seventh with 5 points pushing the hapless Gymkhana Club (one point) to eighth and the bottom of the points table.

Two payers who came under the spotlight in the first round matches of the league tournament were Sudarshan Muthuthanthri of Havelock Sports Club and Fazil Marija of Kandy Sports Club.