Another weekend, another tournament! Over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of March the Bangers Colts and Belles decended on Saigon for some more top quality rugby (and maybe a beer or two!). Read the Colts tour report below:
Bangkok Bangers tour to Saigon
On Friday the mighty Bangkok Bangers left the big city of Bangkok to head to Saigon, Vietnam to take on the 25th Anniversary tournament of the Saigon Geckos.
The tour started with the normal formalities with cold beers on the way to the Hotel and getting prepped for our pre game evening in the city of Ho Chi min.
One of our veterans of the Bangers took the lead in taking charge of the evening taking the Bangers for a traditional meal where we all cooked our own food and consumed a bunch of cold beers throughout the good feeding time together whilst all the tour rules were taking its toll and eventually everyone was in good sprits (except the French) to get the night started.
Game day, the roosters (Dillon and Manders) did a great job making sure everybody was at breakfast on time to do our pre game chats for heading to the field with everyone looking not so fresh after a great night of team bonding.
1st game – Bangkok Bangers vs Saigon Black
We all started a bit rusty in the 1st 3 minutes but as soon as the sweat form the night before was gone everyone decided to put their rugby heads on and began to gel as a solid team.
Darryn scoring the opening try for the Bangers and making the conversion to get the tournament started. The Bangers squeezed in 2 more tries from Darryn and 1 from Laurens taking the lead to 17 – 0 with 3 minutes to go and a bit of tired legs allowed Saigon Black to squeeze to tries in towards the end. Final score 17 – 14 Bangers
2nd Game - Bangkok Bangers vs Saigon Japanese
Now that the cobwebs were gone the Bangers were well prepared for game 2 to take on the Saigon Japanese and the Bangers took the game with both hands and dominated from the 1st kick- off and did not allow the Japanese to get into the game. 2 quick tries form Jurgen to set a solid start for the Bangers taking the lead 14 – 0 at half time. As the 2nd half started Darryn went over to score 2 more and to seal the deal. But yet again fitness kicked in and the last 4 minutes the Japanese were fighting hard to get over the line and which they did but was just to late. Final score 26 – 5 Bangers.
3rd Game - Bangkok Bangers vs Hanoi
Coming off with a great win in the 2nd game the Bangers were in high sprits moving into the next one and which we had a great start. Going up by 2 tries in the 1st 7 minutes both scored by Darryn. 2nd half started with Hanoi squeezing in a try to close the gap to 12 – 7 within the first 2 minutes giving the Bangers a bit of a wake up call. With some great defense from the Bangers not allowing the Hanoi team into ur half and big tackles forcing the Hanoi team to make mistakes. In the last 2 minutes with some great communication between Darryn and Manders to set up another try for the Bangers and sealing the deal for the victory. Final score 17 – 5.
4th Game - Bangkok Bangers vs Saigon Red
This was always set to be our toughest game of the day and the Bangers were up for the challenge except we had a slow start letting the Saigon team get a easy try with some slow defense from the Bangers. But that did not get our heads down as we fought back like true solids with Dillon having a great run down the side line to put the ball under the sticks to level the level the scores. 1st half ended 7 – 5 to the Bangers. Fort the next 5 minutes of the 2nd half was a back to back fight from both teams fighting hard but then Darryn ran over the line to take the lead for another try for the Bangers and ending the game 14 – 5 to the Bangers.
Final Bangkok Banger vs Saigon (red, black, Japanese)
So Saigon decided to pack their team for the final using the best from all 3 teams to take on the mighty Bangers to take them of their high horse but the Bangers were not scared of anything that would come towards them. 1st half started with Saigon scoring very quickly which woke the Bangers up. Going into the 2nd half losing 5 – 0. With only 5 minutes to go with some great defense from Dillon allowed Darryn to rip the ball from Saigon and run the distance to get a try and covert to take the lead. Unfortunately, due to the lack of our bench the Bangers got tired and let in 2 easy tries with Saigon taking the win 17 – 7.
Darryn – 9 tries, 9/12 conversions
Jurgen – 2 tries, 2/2 conversions
Dillon – 1 try
Laurens – 1 try
What a great tour and special thank you to Steve, Dillon, Matthieu, Thomas, Bas, Baptiste, Jurgen, Trevor, Kita, Manders, Laurens and Tates for attending this tour and making it great. Till the next one boys…