Four age group teams in blue and yellow, along with players assisting other Singapore Rugby Clubs, represented Centaurs at the KL Tigers International 10s last weekend, 28th & 29th April.
Set in the fantastic grounds of Epsom College near KLIA, the tournament attracted teams from Malaysia and Singapore. A tough but rewarding weekend for all those on the pitch, down time was equally memorable for the dinner and impromptu karaoke.
Here’s how the weekend played out for each age group.
The Centaurs U7s started their pool matches slowly, and found the going tough on Day 1, with mixed results. On Day 2 they came into their stride remaining unbeaten for the whole day and winning the Plate Final in a close game vs Tanglin Rugby Club (2). Notable wins were against KL Tigers 2 (on Saturday) and KL Saracens (Sunday) – winning both games 4-0.
The U9s started out on Day 1 very strongly, and were 5 from 5 with no tries against by the end of the day. They overcame a resilient Dragons team 5-0 to set them top of the group.
Going into Sunday’s games, they continued to be strong – and dominate. They made it through to the Cup Final, where they met their nemesis from Saturday (Dragons). It was a tough Cup Final and too close to call. It went down to the wire, and a try in the “Super Try” box won the Cup for them 7-5. Close one though, and very exciting to watch.
Results didn’t go as desired for the U12s on Saturday, and the boys found playing conditions tough in the hot afternoon sun. They did have a notable win of 39-0 against the Overlords, however.
After a good rest (midday start) the boys came out of the traps on Sunday with two close wins in the first two games. They eventually made it to the Shield Final, and won a closely fought battle vs Bilal Troopers 5-0. They were assisted by some of the U11s that had come along to support Dragons.
Another age group that faced a tough schedule – five matches in four hours – the boys started with a tough game vs Tanglin Rugby Club. Unfortunately we came off second best, going down 14-0, and losing a player with a knock to the head.
They then showed their worth with two good wins over KL Saracens and SSAAS Lions, before facing a quick INTEJ side that managed to sneak through our winning streak. They ended the day with a resounding win over Cobra.
On Day 2, the boys faced the only unbeaten side (KL Tigers) and were unlucky not to get a score, going down by 1 try to 0. Their tiredness was beginning to set in, and they faced a stubborn MCKK – which ended in a draw, 0-0. With the next game ending in a win vs KL Tigers 2 – the boys were in the 5th/6th Play off (Bowl Final) – to play MCKK again.
This was a tough game, with both teams in a deadlock. Centaurs managed to score an unconverted try and, with the injuries mounting, were under all sorts of pressure. MCKK scored in the last play of the game to tie the scores. However with the ruling that “the team that scores the first try wins”, Centaurs U16s were victorious and came out Bowl winners
Centaurs representation in other teams
In other age groups, where Centaurs were not represented as a team, some of our boys assisted other Singapore Clubs to help them make up their side. These included five players in the TRC U14s (Cup Winners) and another five in the Dragons U11s.
Well done to all, keeping the spirit of rugby together and combining with our colleagues to show what rugby is all about.