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Your News Disciplined Services face The Police in a double header

It was a busy Festive period for the Police Rugby Club, as officers joined together with players from the other Disciplined Services to play two matches on 2 January at PSRC. The sidelines were packed with excited spectators, amongst them the Guest of Honour Mr. T.K.LAI, Under Secretary for Security, who was hosted by the Chairman of the Police Rugby Club, DRC KW Mr. Peter Else. Other interested spectators included Force retirees Mike Dowie, Neil McCabe, Guy Shirra and Frank Brown whose two sons were in action in the first game, which saw Disciplined Services A team face the UK Lions. Whilst the Disciplined Services officers had experience on their side, it was soon apparent that this was no match for the youth and speed of the Lions, and even the assistance of referee Chief Inspector Tobi Lothian wasnt enough to prevent a 53-7 loss.

The second match was a top level encounter between the Disciplined Services 1st team and the PLA Sports Institute from Guangzhou before the kick-off there was a performance by the talented youngsters from the Operation Breakthrough Lion Dancing team, and Mr. LAI was introduced to the two teams. The Disciplined Services side included Hong Kong internationals Police Constable TSANG Hing-hung and Fireman KWOK Ka-chun, both members of the team that took the silver medal at the recent Asian Games, whilst the PLA side contained a number of China national players. The match was refereed by Immigration Officer Gabriel Lee, who has had a busy year officiating at both the Womens Rugby World Cup in England and also the Asian Games.

The PLA took an early lead, but the Disciplined Services, led by grizzled veteran CIP Dave Lewis, Hong Kongs most capped international, battled their way back and by half time there was nothing to choose between the two sides. The second half was equally competitive, with some ferocious defence from Disciplined Services and a tremendous try from scrum half Charles Cheung, but the pace of the PLA backs started to show, and they slowly pulled away. When the final whistle blew, PLA were 30-17 winners, but everyone agreed it had been a very close encounter with some great rugby played by both teams.

All four teams then retired to the Sportsmans Bar for refreshments and the traditional match awards, a great opportunity from officers from the Police, Fire Services, Customs, Immigration, CSD and the PLA to mix and socialize together.

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