Rahus sweep Cambodia Tens rugby tourney
The Phnom Penh Social Rugby Club “Rahus” swept the Cambodian Tens in the Men’s and Old Boys sections, while the ladies wing was beaten in the final at the weekend as rain ruined the two-day event by turning the pitch into a muddy quagmire.
The Old Boys came through their group undefeated, beating KL Tigers and Royal Rumble from Singapore. They went on to beat Le XV Gauloix of Singapore in the semifinal before beating Kowloon from Hong Kong 19-5 in the final.The men’s team won all three of their group games against Hanoi Dragons, Anaconda RFC, Malaysia and INSEAD, Singapore.
The Rahus continued their dominant form, beating Bangkok Bangers in the semis before trouncing French Asian Barbarians 22-0 in the final.
Playing in their first tournament, the Rahus Ladies team won their opening matches against Bangkok Belles and a mixed Saigon outfit, setting up a final against local Kampuchea Ballop side.
In a close final, the Rahus were edged out 10-12, a converted try the only points that settled the contest. “To end the year as Indochine champs, Saigon Bowl winners and Cambodia Tens champions is unprecedented in Cambodian rugby,’’ said Phnom Penh Social Rugby Club secretary Steve Noble.
By H S Manjunath - The Phnom Penh post - November 3, 2016
Rahus sweep aside challengers to capture Cambodia Tens
Cambodia Tens tournament, winning the Men’s and Old Boys Cups, while the Rahus Ladies narrowly lost their final, taking second place in the two-day weekend competition which went ahead despite torrid rainy conditions that turned the once green playing fields into mud baths.
The Old Boys came through their group undefeated, beating the KLTigers and the fancied Royal Rumble from Singapore, going on to defeat the Le XV Gauloix from Singapore in the semifinals before comfortably beating defending champions Kowloon from Hong Kong in the final 19-5.
The Men’s team, a new look side with new arrivals and departing players, battled through their group, winning all three group games against the Hanoi Dragons, Anaconda RPC (Malaysia) and INSEAD (Singapore). The Rahus Men’s on Sunday beat the winners from last year, the Bangkok Bangers, in the semifinal to set a date with the French Asian Barbarians in the final. In their most ruthless display, the Rahus Men’s won convincingly 22-0.
The Rahus Ladies meanwhile won their group games versus the Bangkok Belles and a mixed Saigon Ladies team setting up a finale against local squad Kampuchea Balopp Ladies comprising players from several local sides. In a tense close final in abysmal conditions, the Rahus Ladies went down 12-10, with a converted try serving as the only points separating the teams.
“It was undeniably a true club effort, from every player, coach, support we have. To win silverware in all three categories was outstanding and to take the cup in Men’s and Old Boys was especially rewarding,” said club secretary Steve Noble.
“This club is doing special things and the results are speaking for themselves, although a lot of behind the scenes and on-the-field work contribute to this. To end the year as Indochine champs, Saigon Bowl winners, and Cambodia Tens champions is unprecedented in Cambodia Rugby.
“We would like to thank all the partners, supporters, sponsors, players and coaches for helping us achieve this success,” he said.
“We are grateful tournament Men’s captain Lachlan Harris can leave us on such a high note.”
By Ismail Vorajee - Khmer Times - November 3, 2016