TRC Cup Final - Pt 1
By Derry O'Hara
A round robin format for the U10s final saw Tigers face off against TRC and Centaurs.
Up first the Tanglin Outlaws
The Tiger’s U10s had played some great rugby on the first Day to beat Singapore Dragons, Sai Kung Stingrays, Centaurs Buccaneers and Tanglin Renegades convincingly scoring 17 tries with none against.
Day two took the format of a mini round robin involving KL Tigers, Tanglin Outlaws and Centaurs Archers who all remained undefeated after the first days play. It was set to be a real test to see if the Tigers could maintain the same form and structure they had displayed on Day One when they came up against two top teams.
First up for KL Tigers were the tournament favourites and hosts Tanglin Outlaws, who were riding high after just winning their opening match against Centaurs. The Tigers were quickly under pressure and had to display some brave defensive tackling. They were up for the challenge managing to keep a number of strong Tanglin runs at bay but eventually Tanglin broke the Tigers defense and scored the first try.
From the restart the Tigers team quickly put the Tanglin defense under pressure. Following some strong line breaking runs, the Tigers momentarily remembered how to pass and the Tanglin defense was exposed. Sensing a try was on there was some great support, rucking and interplay between forwards and backs and the Tigers scored. One score each but Tanglin were ahead due to their Super try. With nearly 10 minutes to go it was all to play for.
Tanglin were again on the offensive but the Tigers defense held strong with some fantastic cover tackling and some experimental kicking and they gradually started to dominate territory and possession. During a sustained period of pressure and despite again forgetting how to pass the Tigers really had the Tanglin defense scrambling and following another attacking move from one side of the pitch to the other the Tigers breached the try line – or at least that’s what all players, supporters and even the referee thought only to discover that the ball had been grounded over the wrong “badly faded” pitch line. Despite their disappointment the Tigers started where they left off from the resulting scrum and it was only a matter of time before they scored, again the result of some great support between forwards and backs.
With just a few minutes left and keen to protect their unbeaten record Tanglin were on the offensive but the Tigers defense held strong with yet more brave tackling. So a very well deserved 10 vs 7 win for the Tigers against a very capable Tanglin team.
Well done Tigers who came away with a 1st victory against TRC!