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Havelock Sports Club will take on Sri Lanka Army in the final Tenth week fixture of the 2017/18 Dialog Rugby League Tournament at Havelock Park at 6.30pm.

Jason Melder’s team was stunned by CH last week and lack of on-field leadership has become a regular problem at the Park Club. Despite having hosts of national coloursmen, new coach Sanath Martis has not made his mark in the Club circuit, and remain 16 points behind the League Leaders Kandy in the Dialog Table.

With results going their way, Havelocks could still take the Title race to the final week of the season, however it should quickly turn around its wretched run of performances. Rizah Mubarak has been reliable with his place kicking but playmaker Dulaj Perera remains the vital cog of Havelocks wheel and their race towards the Championship.

Army Sports Club meanwhile has lost its way in the Second round with two consecutive defeats after the Christmas break. Army was placed Third after the opening round games with some impressive returns despite playing all their games away from home.

Last week, the Soldiers resisted the Sailors’ pressure during the opening exchanges before going down by 10-28 at Havelock Park. Coach Nilufer Ibrahim has made a real impact after taking over the helm and the Army has showcased glimpse of their past glory days this season.

Thusitha Senanayake’s team has played well with its experienced line while Ashoka Jayalal has marshaled his Front-eight during the campaign. However, a long season could take a toll on the Soldiers, who possess a lean squad.

Today, the Army will be looking to play with their forwards while the Havies will focus on providing quick delivery for the backs to play a free flowing game. Havelocks recorded a hard-fought 29-19 win in the corresponding opening round fixture.

The Havies with familiarity playing under floodlights will have the advantage and will be hoping to come out unscathed to conclude the Tenth week fixtures heading to the business end of the tournament.

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