The U16s went into the Centaurs Rugby Tournament with a little anxiety. New players, others who were out of age group for our normal school fixtures and games to be played on an astro-turf all contributed to a sense of something new and potentially special. The College was not disappointed.
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The first two games displayed to the opposition that ‘The Blues’ were here to fight. We started with tremendous courage and beat Lycee Francais by three tries, all of which came from the scorching pace of McNamara. We then played our game of the day, if not MCM’s U16 history so far, beating TRC ‘B’ by a superbly taken try by Rory Tan. This, coupled with some outstanding defence and hard work at the tackle area, demonstrated our potential.
We then came up against Centaurs ‘A’ and, having taken a few knocks, we fielded a changed team. After continuous rucks and chances Centaurs finally took broke our defence, leaving us disappointed. Despite the tries it was obvious that we were the better team as Tom used his sheer pace to embarrass the other team. Tanglin came up to us after the match to congratulate us, saying “How did you not beat Centaurs? You were clearly the better side.” Winning two and losing a nail-biting one, we were set to play the huge and fierce Tanglin ‘A’ team.
We all knew they were big and had the potential to go all the way and win the tournament but we were willing to fight. As soon as they kicked off we blew them back and out-rucked them countless times. Our defensive pressure led them to knock on a few balls and we had them pegged back in their own 22. We pushed them back in the scrums and held the game in their half. The one thing that beat us were our own mistakes, which they exploited effectively with their speed out wide. We kept them to one try until two minutes from the end, when they broke our line twice to give them a scoreline that didn’t reflect the contest. After our game against Tanglin, we felt proud. We had shown who we were and how we weren’t the underdogs anymore. With continued work, we can now be a dangerous threat. As we returned to the College on the bus, tired but pleased with our day’s work, we reflected on a very good day at the office.