ruport - how to wrap <a href=" "> tags around text inside a ruport table

Anyone know how to embed a hyperlink in a ruport table? The url is in mysql. I'm using,after much head-banging, report_table_by_sql to build a ruport table, which of course, also now contains the url text. I want to diplay each url as a hyperlink in the browser. I'm lazy an would like to use a ruby/rails/ruport function of some sort to parse this url and rewrite it as hyperlink (<a href=" ...url">derivce text from url</a>) as part of ruport.

Here's an example:

This controller code generates a table:

   #note : @low = 70 and @high = 100 thanks to params from a form....    #note "link" refers to WAN circuits and not hyperlinks...

   @links = Link.report_table_by_sql [ "SELECT headend, out_90th_util, bandwidth, hyperlink         FROM (SELECT * FROM (SELECT * FROM links ORDER BY link_key DESC, out_90th_util DESC) t           GROUP BY link_key)t2           WHERE out_90th_util > ? AND out_90th_util < ? ", @low, @high ]

Here is the corresponding view code that generates simple table in a browser:

<h3>Table Using Ruport</h3> <%= @links.to_html %>

Here is a sample from the browser:

out_90th_util hyperlink bandwidth headend 72;view=Octets;ranges=m%3Ay 3000000 arouter99

I need to subsitute something like this inside the report for the hyperlink: <a href=";view=Octets;ranges=m%3Ay&quot;&gt; arouter99_atm_ima1</a>

I have not yet tinkered with ruport or rails enough to have much of clue. I'm hoping to get this working so I don't revert back to perl. I must admit perl is looking pretty attractive at this point ;-)... I could try to wrap the http:// in tags inside mysql. But I would like to know if it can be done in ruport (if I don't have control of the database table).

Thanks to anyone who bothered to read this far!