Bangkok 10′s 2008
Pool Match 1: YCAC 12 Red Dot Rebels 7
Tries: Dougal Robertson, Matt Creagh, conversion: Matt Creagh
This was a very good win against a young, fit and well organized team. The Red Dots Rebels, hailing from Singapore and reportedly with a couple of Singapore Internationals in their squad, scored first, but the boys in blue managed to hit back with a try to Dougal ‘Elvis’ Robertson in the first half. Matt ‘[Unprintable Tour Nickname]‘ Creagh then scored the match-winner in the second half. The Red Dot Rebels went on to be Plate semi-finalists and astound the YCAC by continuing their punishing 30-minute warm-up routine before each match.
Pool Match 2: YCAC 22 Bangkok Japanese RFC 10
Tries: Dom Townsend, Dougal Robertson, Al Ferris, Sias Potgieter, conversion: Matt Creagh
The Bangkok Japanese were not an overly strong team and YCAC took full advantage by putting the match beyond doubt fairly quickly and then taking the opportunity to give all of the reserves a run. The YCAC front row of Sias ‘Big Sambo’ Potgieter, Gavin ‘Little Sambo’ Moolman and Joe ‘Altar Boy’ Fisher completely dominated the opposition’s scrums and the resulting weight of possession was duly exploited with tries to Dom ‘Wendy’ Townsend, Dougal, ‘Mohammed’ Al Ferris, and Sias. It is worth noting that Sias scored his try in his now customary position on the wing.
Pool Match 3: YCAC 15 The Southerners 21
Tries: Dom Townsend (2), Dougal Robertson
The Southerners are an ex-pat team based in Bangkok. They take this tournament seriously and always have big squad available. They had also won their first two games so the winner of this clash would top the pool. The Southerners scored the opening try of the match but YCAC hit back with tries to Dom (2) and Dougal. However, the Southerners hung in their and managed to drag the score back to 15 – 14. Then, in the last play of the game a ricocheted kick enabled the Southerners to make a break. An excellent chase by Al dragged the Southerners attacker down just short of the line, but with two more Southerners in support Al was forced to kill the ball to stop a certain score. The referee did not take kindly to this and awarded the opposition a penalty try. Despite the heart-breaking finish, this was a very enjoyable match and the fact that the Southerners went on to meet (and lose to) the Jam Boys, Bobby Skinstad’s team and the eventual winners of the tournament, in the quarter-finals of the Cup meant that the loss had no real ramifications in terms of our progression through the tournament.
Cup ‘Round of 16′ Match: YCAC 20 Nippon Oval Boys 7
Tries: Dom Townsend, Jason Dunn, Willie Lapthorn (2)
The toughest aspect of this match, by far, was that it kicked off at 9 am in the morning. However, in a remarkable display of commitment we actually managed to get our full playing squad, bar one, to the ground on time. (The only player not present was James ‘Windmill’ Brooks, who in fact failed to show at all on Sunday.) Once the game kicked off it was pretty much one-way traffic, despite a number of the YCAC squad being in less than ideal shape. Indeed, it was actually two of the players in the worst shape that scored most of the tries – Dom and Willie ‘Mini Me’ Lapthorn. Dom scored an excellent try and Willie got two – the same number of hours sleep he’d had the night before! In James’ absence, Jason ‘[Unprintable Tour Nickname]‘ Dunn came off the injured list and managed to round out the scoring by charging through a couple of defenders for a try.
Cup Quarter-Final Match: YCAC 0 Thai Barbarians
Coming up against a very good Thai Barbarians side this match was unfortunately the end of the road for YCAC. The first half was relatively even and for a couple of minutes YCAC even looked to have the ascendancy. However, the opposition (essentially the Thai national 7′s team) proved to be too fast and well organized for the tiring YCAC lads. When it became clear that the game was lost, tour manager Fraser ‘[Unprintable Tour Nickname]‘ Jamieson decided to get all of the reserves on the field for one last hit-out.Â
FOOTNOTE: The Thai Barbarians went on to lose in the Cup semi-finals to Michael ‘Griffo’ Griffin’s team the Beersheba Black Sheep in what was probably the match of the tournament. Mike’s team then lost a close final to the Jam Boys. In an illustration of the strength of the tournament the Cup final contained five past internationals – Bobby Skinstad (Jam Boys, South Africa); Robbie Fleck (Jam Boys, South Africa); Willie Lose (Jam Boys, Tonga); Warwick Waugh (Beersheba Black Sheep, Australia); David Fitter (Beersheba Black Sheep, Australia).
YCAC TOURING PARTY
Simon Ryan,Â Ken Rudkin,Â Terry Dixon,Â Erich Friess,Â Bill Law,Â Eparama Tuibenau,Â Will Thompson,Â Fraser Jamieson,Â Al Ferris,Â Jason Dunn,Â Gavin Moolman,Â Steve Thompson,Â Dom Townsend,Â Joe Fisher,Â Willie Lapthorn,Â Matt Creagh,Â James Brooks,Â Sias Potgieter,Â Mike King,Â Dougal Robertson,Â Nick James,Â Matthew Vignaud