The KL Tigers Tour (21-22 April 2018) was a whirlwind weekend of rugby and sportsmanship from 260 Centaurs kids, coaches and parents. Here’s how each age group got on, with condensed match reports by age group below. Here’s to the next Tour!
A total of 7 round robin games were played over the 2 days. The kids defence was brilliant the whole weekend. Having conceded no tries against them in the final 3 games on Saturday, they went into the final on Sunday undefeated (6 wins and a draw).
Unfortunately the rugby gods weren’t on our side and we missed out on the cup plate, losing to Dragons in the final. I was extremely proud of how well all the kids played over the 2 days and the great sportsmanship they showed in defeat. There were still lots of smiles with their 2nd place medals! Special thanks to the coaching team for all their efforts and to all parents for their support and encouragement on the sidelines. Bring on the next tournament!
Thanks Coach Rob for the report.
Under 7s had a fantastic KL Tour finishing runners up to Dragons despite a 0-0 draw in the Cup Final after extra time. We took 11 Centaurs up with us to KL and a good helping of hands on parents who helped out with crowd control, encouragement, running of the line and generally anything they were asked to help with.
The kids had a great start winning their first match 2-0 against Tanglin, then beating both KL Tigers 1 and 2. We came unstuck in match 4 against Dragons, finishing Day 1 with 4 wins and a loss. We retired back to the hotel for a well earned swim, a few pops, some rain, some sun, some individual coaching words of wisdom and an early(ish) night.
Day 2 involved solid wins against KL Saracens and SCC, that saw us into the Final against Dragons. The final was really competitive, some amazing defence from both sides, last gasp tackles and our “Centaurs wall” was the best we have seen it. With 0-0 at full time, Dragons won the title based on the previous day’s victories – well played to them.
Emotional stuff for the boys (and the coaches and parents) but they took it on the chin with good grace and sportsmanship. Both the Dragons coach and the Tanglin referee commented on the competitiveness and excitement of the game, we’d have to agree, it was end to end.
Thanks Coaches Shaun, Fefe & Doug for the report.
The Centaurs U8s won the KL Tigers Tournament on the weekend with a thrilling 3-2 victory over SCC in sudden-death overtime.
The team got off to a great start on Saturday morning with a well-deserved 1-0 victory in their first game over Tanglin Rugby Club. The boys followed that up with two more wins over KL Tigers B (1-0) and KL Tigers A (3-2). A strong Dragons team turned up out of nowhere to pip them 2-1 in their fourth game, but the team recovered well for a 2-0 win over the Cobrats. In second place on the ladder overnight, Centaurs were well-placed to pounce on the undefeated SCC the next day.
The team started Day 2 with a bit of a nervous 2-0 victory over KL Saracens. That set up a top-of-the-table clash vs SCC in the last round, with both teams already assured of a spot in the final. Centaurs played some of their best rugby of the weekend to come away with a 2-0 victory over the undefeated and table-topping SCC. But the boys knew that victory wouldn’t mean much if they couldn’t back it up with another win over them in the final.
And so onto the final they went against a fired-up and very determined SCC. Equalling 2-2 at full time, into a sudden-death play-off they went – first team to score would be victorious. A Centaurs score in the corner sealed the win (*crowd goes wild!*). The boys were most humble in victory, giving their SCC mates a hug and forming a tunnel to cheer them off. A special mention must go to SCC, who were worthy opponents and very gracious in defeat.
Thanks Coach Tim for the report.
The stats say it all really – 139 points for, 20 points against – what a testament to the boys’ attack and defence! With the best performance of any team in our age group, the U9s had a great tour both on and off the pitch, returning home winners of the Cup.
For the U9s, the first and last matches proved to be the toughest, both against a very in-form SCC side. And what a different set of matches they were, almost opposites.
In the first game we went down 5-0 to a relentless Cricket Club side. From there the boys began to realise that teamwork was the key and they started to gel more and more as a team. Turning everything around, the worst result from that point was a loss of one regular try to one super try. And thus we found ourselves in the Cup Final against the same SCC team again. At nil-nil into 2 minutes of extra time, a final dive in the corner was enough to get us through and saw a jubilant U9 team lift the Cup.
Well done boys, each and every one of you did us proud!
Thanks Coach Leon for the report.
On its way!
The Under 11s fielded a lean mean squad of ten players for the KL tour including debutants as well as long serving players.
Enjoying two early victories, the team faced their first challenge when a player sustained a concussion and took their squad down to 9. Luckily, three Centaurs U10s (who had finished earlier in the day) bolstered our team with incredible passion and commitment. A strong Sandy Bay team were 2 tries to nil up when lightning interrupted play for more than 2 hours. That score stood. We had one further game which we won before lightning closed the tournament for the day.
Sunday was a mixed bag: we lost 3-1 to KL Lions who had one giant and several heavyweights and then won 1-0 against, SCC (in a brilliant performance our lads came out firing on all cylinders and took it to them). A very strong Tanglin beat us 2-0 but it was a gritty effort by our lads. At this stage we then started losing players traveling back to Singapore as various delays left the schedule in chaos. KL Tigers managed to win 3 – 1 as their 15 man squad outdid our team of 8 and guests. By the time we played Dragons we were borrowing opposition players and it was just survival. We made it to 5th/6th playoff but our team of 5 had to forfeit. Hey Ho, that is Tour Rugby, chaotic and fun!”
Thanks Coach Richard for the report.
A fun and memorable tour for all with superb rugby played on the field. A credible runners up in the Plate final in one of the toughest draws we have come across in a tournament – difference being a point in the pool standings. But success is measured in so many other ways as the U12s strengthened friendships both on and off the field, and walked away from the final with the biggest mischievous smiles… something is brewing for their final JRCS pool match!
Thanks Coach Colin for the report.
The KL tigers tour for the U13’s was one we had targeted since the beginning of the year. I was fortunate to be able to pick from a strong set of boys so we arrived in KL with confidence and the aim to progress far in the tournament.
This is always easier said than done and even before we had picked up a ball our scrum half had burnt his hand on the coals leaving the hotel sauna on the Friday night. Modern day rugby injury! We got to the ground early on Saturday and I could see the boys were focused and raring to go. Not a phone or ipad in sight all day, this attitude and concentration was amazing to see and paid off: 5 games, 5 wins to end Day 1 top of the group.
Day 2 on paper looked tough but we knew 2 wins out of the remaining 4 games should be good enough to make the Final. An early kick off on the Sunday against a strong Sandy Bay HK side was not easy, but our boys rose to the occasion and produced a great win. Two very close defeats against KL Tigers and VI followed meaning we had to beat Marlborough College to make the final and once again face the hosts KL Tigers. We brushed aside MCM with ease in what was probably our best performance of the weekend.
A squad depleted by injury put up a great fight in the Final but sadly we just fell at the last hurdle. Our boys walked away with heads held high in the runners up spot. Blood, sweat and tears were shed as usual over the weekend and that was just the parents! The boys were tough as usual and I couldn’t have been prouder as Coach.
Thanks Coach Steve for the report.
With a big cohort of U14s at the Tournament (16 teams) Centaurs U14s were allocated into the 1st division of 10 teams. This resulted in a weekend of high-standard matches against some of the best junior teams from Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and there wasn’t a single weak team in the pool.
Day 1’s nine pool stage games were all quite balanced and could have gone either way. With a few games lost unfortunately at the last minute, Centaurs ended up mid of the table and setting us up for a Bowl finale against KL Saracens.
Despite a slow start (2 tries conceded after 5 min) and a stream of injuries, boys played their hearts out to win it in “the money time”. A great performance for all boys finishing 5th out of 10, and marvellous experience for 4 boys for whom this was the first Tour.
Returning home were a few exhausted bodies and unfortunately some injuries, but everyone agrees this was a Tour to remembers – everyone’s keen for next year already!
Thanks Coach Philippe for the report.
On its way!