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Colts In Narrow Win Against Thai Navy

Last Saturday the Banger Colts played the Royal Thai Navy in a pre season game at their Navy Academy in Samut Prakan.

A closely fought match in very hot conditions. The Navy crossed the line five times but failed to convert any of the tries whilst the Colts scored four tries under the posts and converted all of them.

Both teams produced quality, entertaining rugby and the result was in doubt until late in the second half. Both teams had 22 man squads and, despite the importance of the result, it was refreshing to see all players given game time through the use of rolling subs throughout the game.

Both teams will also be better for the experience under the pressure of a game like this. For the Banger Colts composure and execution at key times may well have seen them through. Defensively the Colts were effective and accurate, but in attack they can look back at two or three key moments which could have been handled better.

All in all, it was a well played game with well taken tries and thrilling tackles which kept the Colts in the game and ensured they maintained the lead to the finish. Final Score : Banger Colts 28. Royal Thai Navy 25

Mike Cobb, USA Rugby Referee, Tragic Death In Pattaya

Mike Cobb, who played, coached, and officiated rugby in the USA for more than three decades, was killed last Saturday when he a car struck him in Pattaya Thailand, He was participating in a rugby referee exchange that included the Chris Kays International Rugby Tens, held annually in Pattaya. Sad news indeed.

The cremation service was at prominent Thai temple in Bangkok, where a retinue of club members from the Pattaya Panthers Rugby Club, the Southerner Sports Club, the Old Bangkok Bangers Rugby Club and rugby referees from England, New Zealand and Thailand were present for the service.

At the conclusion of proceedings those that could, journeyed to the British Club for drinks to celebrate Mike Cobb's life and the game we all love. It was a long afternoon.

David Viccars, the doyen of rugby referees in the Kingdom, wrote an appropriate note on the Rugby USA website. Its worth repeating in this post

"I asked Mike to coach a Thai lady referee at the event in Thailand, the improvement in her game from her first run on Saturday morning to her final game on Sunday evening was astounding. Mike’s knowledge of the game, his manner, demeanor and personality enabled him to get his message across so easily and to be accepted so readily. I can only but imagine how big a loss his departure will be for USA Rugby, his family and all his many friends and colleagues in the States. Here in Thailand we mourn the loss of a true Rugby Gentleman."


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