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Foreigners play key role in Havelocks' resurgence

A team which has recaptured its past glory in rugby is Havelocks Sports Club. After being in the doldrums for several years this season has seen a remarkable change in the fortunes of the Park Club which lies in second place in the points table after the conclusion of the first round matches of the Caltex 'A' division league rugby tournament.

Angsta Sae (on left) and Attella Uaisele

The presence of two outstanding foreign players No 8 Angsta Sae and centre Atella Uaisele along with talented Sri Lanka Youth players Anuruddha Wilwara and Sudharshan Muthutantri has transformed the Park Club into a formidable outfit which has matched upto mighty Kandy SC, CR and FC, Navy and Air Force.

Three weeks ago the Park Club was further strengthened when two former Sri Lanka ruggerites - former Kandy SC and Sri Lanka centre Chamara Vithanage and ex-Kandy SC and Sri Lanka scrum half Amjad Buksh joined the club. The latest recruit to the club is Tongan national sevens player Paula.

The Park Club went down fighting against defending champions Kandy Sports Club by 13-18 in the curtain-raiser of the Caltex 'A' division league and then scored two smashing wins over Army (36-13) and Air Force (22-13). After coming off second best against traditional rivals CR and FC (10-15) the pink and chocolate jerseyed lads made amends by notching up two superb wins over CH and FC (31-16) and Police (18-7).

Confronting the formidable Navy outfit in the last match of the first round the Park Club staged a superb fight-back to edge out the Sailors by 23 points to 20 with centres Anuruddha Wilwara, Chamara Vithanage and their latest recruit Paula from Tonga playing a key role in their success with three dazzling tries.

The victory over Navy propelled Havelocks into the second place in the points table and should give Kandy SC a close run for the league title.

It was eight years ago that the Park Club last won a major trophy in 15-a-side rugby when boosted by the Tongan duo of centre Joseph Waka and No 8 Alex Taka, the pink and chocolate jerseyed lads clinched the Premier Champions Trophy by edging out traditional rivals CR and FC by 21-19 in the final after overcoming a formidable Army outfit in extra time in the semi-final.



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