cultures collide – the Suas and Prince Royal prepare to engage.
Week five of Chiang Mai’s Rugby Festival this last
Saturday saw a crunch game (literally!) between the Prince Royal’s College
and Chiang Mai Suas (the Tigers).
Last week’s afternoon stroll against Mae Jo seemed like
a distant memory for the Suas, as Prince Royal’s College (PRC) signaled
their attacking intent right from the off.
Showing a strong team spirit, and committed in the
tackle, PRC were not perturbed by the Suas’ early score, and came roaring
with a try and conversion of their own to level the
scores at half-time.
What a game! Even if you are not a rugby fan, these games
are highly recommended for their energy, sporting savvy, and end-to end
action. Moreover, you have no option but to admire the teamwork in a game
where organization and cooperation are central to any kind of success.
on get up!” Thai teammates help each other out in the aftermath of a
The second half kicked off at the same breathtaking pace,
and despite the game looking as if it could go either way, it was the Suas
who eventually managed to drive the ball over the line for a real team try.
Not that PRC were making too many defensive mistakes, they just ended up
being driven back by the determined Suas forwards.
The final scoreline then, 17-12 to the Suas, but a close
run thing it was. Hats off to the under 19s of PRC who really took the game
to their older and meatier international opponents.
Coach Sandy singled out praise for his own team’s
youngsters, Charlie, Sven and Gavin. Well played lads!
Men of the match for the Suas were Rushy, Steve and Tor.
Congratulations to them, and also to Bon, the Suas’ Vice-President, for
his try score.
All eyes now turn to the final which will take place on
Christmas Eve, 4 p.m. at Prince Royal’s College. Chiang Mai Suas v
Barbarians. Now, that should be pretty tasty!
If you would like to be involved in the rugby scene, then
Chiang Mai Suas are looking for more players. Please contact Ronnie at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop into the Irish Pub in the Old Town and have a
word with Sandy.
And finally a mention to the kind sponsors of the rugby tournament, Go
Putt-Putt Crazy Golf. Their excellent crazy golf course can be found in
Chiang Mai Business Park behind Carrefour supermarket, www.goputt-putt.com.