Oops! Referee Priyantha Guneratne finds himself entangled in the run of play at the Dialog-sponsored inter-club domestic rugby tournament fixtures between Army SC and Kandy SC at Race Course. (Pic by Chamila Karunaratne)

Navy Sports Club will encounter still another hurdle in the form of Air Force when they come out to play their fourth match in the Dialog-sponsored inter-club league rugby tournament at Race Course on Saturday.

The ‘Sailors’ are unbeaten so far in the season and it will be interesting to see how they negotiate the pace at which Air Force play their game. Last week, the Navy SC team overcame CH&FC 55-3 in a lopsided contest at the Race Course. Navy SC is a force in the domestic rugby scene and has moved up to number one position in the points table after three weeks of rugby.

CR&FC played much improved rugby in their last outing and went down fighting to Havelock Sports Club. The rugby players from the Park Club managed to pull through with a 10 points to six win. They occupy the second spot in the points table.

One of the much talked about issues in the domestic rugby scene is the absence of Havelock SC player Hirantha Perera. The Havies centre three quarter is serving a four match suspension and will miss this week’s rugby as well. According to Tournament Committee Chairman Lasitha Guneratne, Perera violated rugby rules by making himself available for the team’s maiden match this season when he was not supposed to. Perera was red carded during the last Dialog Super Sevens tournament and was supposed to serve a two-match ban.

He completed part of that ban when he missed Super Sevens finals. However, the player got into hot water when he failed to complete the two-match ban by representing Havelocks in the team’s match against Air Force. As a result the SLRFU Judicial Officer handed him another two-match ban which means he will be missing this weekend’s game too.

Meanwhile CR&FC is all excited in fielding Rowen Perry, an Australian national, who is eligible to play domestic rugby here because he was born in Sri Lanka. Perry has already represented the Australia junior national team apart from representing Walkers CML Vipers at the Dialog Super Sevens.

This week’s matches
Friday (Nov 25) Havelocks vs CH&FC at Havelock Park.
Saturday (Nov 26) Army vs Navy at Race Course, Kandy vs Police at Nittawela.
Sunday (Nov 27) CR&FC vs Air Force at Longden Place.