Inaugural MCM Rugby Match


Congratulations to Tom McNamara and Anyalemma Igwe and Tim Wu Murphy, all of whom scored tries and conversions that contributed to an eventual 29-36 scoreline: a valiant loss. The performance suggested that there is much promise in the pupil body and, with 8 boys stepping onto the rugby field for the first competitive match of their lives, we are positive the team will improve exponentially.

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The full match report is provided by Joseph Kenny Tipton, Shell Boarder, Munawir Hill.

MCM v Johor Bahru Technic School

Friday 1st February, the first day of February of 2013 and the first rugby game ever to be held on the grass of Marlborough College Malaysia! Twenty boys laid foot upon the pitch, eight of them for the first time. Their opposition, Johor Bahru Technic School, a formidable side of boys aged between fifteen and seventeen years.

Captain Wu-Murphy’s foot made contact with the ball as the ref’s whistle echoed through the palm trees. The ball soared above the heads of the opposition and they fumbled the ball under the excruciating pressure of a forward pack comprised of Buddell, Al, Tainton, Baldwin and Kenny Tipton. They then put in a thunderous scrum to provide the back line with incredible service. This resulted in a series of passing and “flowing” movements, which opened up space.

R. Tan shipped the ball in to the sure hands of Wu-Murphy who placed the ball into the grasp of A. Igwe and finally McNamara who lit the afterburners and stormed to the corner flag drilling the ball into the ground as the ovation commenced around him. Fittingly, a Marlburian had scored the first try at MCM. And this process was to be repeated, almost instantly, to set us up for what we thought could be a momentous win. A third try from McNamara came shortly after a try from, inside center, A. Igwe who soared to the line in superb fashion, twice, to scorememorable tries. Conversions were taken by fly half, Wu-Murphy and McNamara.

However, all was not over, as the JB Technic School used pace and precision to rocket their way up our left flank which had been left unmarked. The opposing winger had a clear view to the try line and was leaving MCM players in his dust. Little did he know, Dinesh Al, who had been described as “raw talent” before the match, was in the middle of corner-flagging his way towards the Malaysian winger and before the winger could react, he had been flung into touch. Despite this, the winger managed to cause havoc throughout the rest of the game, assisting and scoring his team’s 36 points.
This valiant effort reflected the determination and bravery of all the eight new players who were willing to endure a whole forty-five minutes of rugby. Green, Ramsay-King, Jufri, Islam (who managed to make his first line break within his first five seconds of being in possession of the ball), Wright, Baldwin and Al were all able to take part on this historic outing.

As the third period drew to a close, MCM were behind (29-36), and it seemed that it was to be a loss for MCM. However, disappointment was not the case amongst the players, or the spectators, as the MCM Junior Colts have hopefully taken a historic step on a path to greater successes.

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