The Chubb Tanglin Rugby Club Tournament Singapore
By Gary Cane
Glory and Heartache in the mud of turf city
78 points from 14 tries dropping 1 try in the pool stages and beating every team in the age group. It's sounds like a dream headline and for the whole team and band of tourists who travelled to Singapore it certainly looked that way. A team that is known for its fast free flowing rugby showed it can also tough it out in the wet and muddy conditions more familiar in the autumn of the UK.
Our forwards were keen to share the podium with our backs and added many a try to the score sheet and very well deserved tries they were. The grim determination of the entire squad battered every team on the Saturday into submission and the 2003 KL Tigers set out their stall that they were heading to the final in style. Sunday started as we finished, the early start did not deter the lads who were hungry and eager. I think the scheduling helped, we literally played a match, rested, a match and played again 3 times to complete the pool.
A 2 hour break for some lunch and rest and we were back in to face Centaurs who we had beaten the day before 3 tires to nil.
It was a hugely physical encounter, Centaurs played their normal game but we held them in their own half most of the game. The only difference was the penalty count which went against us and led to 2 tries from a driving maul off a line-out.
Having played their hearts out and given their all the lads were visibly gutted, however there is absolutely no reason for them to feel down, they did amazingly well and played like a real team.
At the awards ceremony one of the players apologised which was a sad moment for me, I really hope that none us make the boys feel like they need to say sorry for a result that goes against us. We play together, we win together and we lose together.
All of us as coaches are immensely proud of our lads and feel honoured to coach them.
We have known that these lads were something special for a while, it started way back in 2009 when the spark from 1 player ignited the teams desire, with every year that has passed that spark has got stronger and stronger, every new player that joins feels the energy and understands what it takes to be part of something special. The team is bonding together like never before and getting better and better through every session.
We can improve and go further and we will. A big thank you to Andy Booth and Rory Doyle who shared the battering of the tackle shield during the weekend.
Coach 2003 KL TIGERS RFC