Rugby finals round off seasons at Old Stadium
Holders Saigon Gecko’s will lock horns with local rugby outfit Stade Khmer on Saturday in the four-team Super 4 League final at Old Stadium.
The visitors from Vietnam are unbeaten in two starts with a healthy 58-16 points quotient in comparison to Stade Khmer’s 79-55 from three outings.
The also-rans in the competition are Sisowath Knights, with a one win-one loss record, and PSE Garudas, who have lost all three matches.
The Geckos were brought into the Super 4 series in 2010 by the Cambodian Federation of Rugby to rub shoulders with three local senior men’s teams to raise the standard of the game in the Kingdom.
The title clash, which is expected to generate high voltage rugby, is set for a 3:30pm kick off.
Meanwhile, the Senior Cambodian Championship will be down for decision the following Saturday when the Garudas and the Knights meet in the final at Old Stadium.
The CFR’s domestic league season also concludes on the same day with action in U11, U13, U15, U20 and Women’s sections lined up from 11am, leading to the Senior Men’s showdown at 3:30pm.
The Scorpions lead the Women’s league table with 30 points, followed by Blue Tigers on 18, one ahead of the third placed LFRD.
In the U20 category, Chiefs hold a four-point advantage over Cha Chork in a six-match tally of 23-19.
Its a two-horse race in the U15 series, with Sakira and Cheetah vying for honours.
With just two points separating Cats (34) and ASPECA (32) after eight matches a piece, the U13 final could be a close call. Cats have tallied a total of 120 points while conceding just 15 so far.
Equally impressive are ASPECA with 125-25 record.
In the three-team U11 League, Lions are way ahead of the rest having won six of their eight games for a tally of 23 points, eight clear of Moan who are in turn three ahead of Blue Bulls.
As an exciting domestic league season winds up next week, the CFR will also be gearing up to host three major events in the coming months – the Asian 5 Nations Division 5 tournament, the Indochine Cup and the NagaWorld Sevens.
Entry to Old Stadium on both Saturdays is free.
By H S Manjunath - The Phnom Penh Post - April 18, 2012