18th Bangkok 7’s, 26-28th October 2012
“Kiwi side romps away to win sevens tournament” … Bangkok Post 29th October
Hot favourites NZ4Nations stormed to victory in the 18th Bangkok Rugby Sevens Tournament after an emphatic 53-7 win over Hong Kong Lions at the Police Stadium.
It was a lively day of entertaining rugby which included possibly the first case of “Lizard Stops Play” in a Thai rugby tournament.
The New Zealand team put on a superlative display of attacking rugby throughout the tournament and were deserved winners of the ‘Colonel’s Cup’.
The Kiwis carried their form into the final and three converted tries saw them move into a 21-0 lead just before the break. Hong Kong showed great determination to go over for a try, the first points conceded by their opponents throughout the tournament. They were not about to concede any more however and ran out comfortable winners picking up 32 more points in the second half.
In the semi finals NZ4 had beaten the promising young Thai team, Shambhala 46-0 while the Lions overcame the Thai Police 19-12 in a much tighter game.
The second semi final was temporarily delayed in somewhat unusual circumstances when a monitor lizard decided to take an afternoon stroll down the middle of the pitch and refused to budge despite being shown a red card by the brave referee. Eventually the creature was lured into a sack and play was able to resume.
The Baker Tilly Plate was won by the Kazakhstan team, Olymp which turned on a very good display in the final to beat Australia’s Lloyd McDermott 28-7.
In an entertaining tussle between two Thai teams, it was Chiang Mai Tigers who came out on top of Mahasarakham in the Tenderloins Bowl with a hard fought 15-5 victory.
There was another good game in the Air Astana Shield with Parinya Professionals a Police side, overcoming a spirited Pattaya Panthers team 33-12. The Check Inn 99 Women’s Cup final saw a speedy Srinakarinvirot University team defeat Thammasartklongluang 14-0 in a lively game.
As always the Tournament was well organized by David Dufall – better known as “The Colonel” – and his wife Kate. Sadly it appears to be their last tournament and their efforts will be badly missed by the rugby fraternity, both in Bangkok and overseas. Roger Crutchley
Three-in-a-row: 2010 Cup Winners, Grammar-Carlton
2010 Women’s Champions: Murri Magic