From 20th – 22nd April, the Prep School and Senior School took 90 pupils to the KL Tigers International Rugby Tournament. It was an exciting weekend, with over 50 teams involved from three different countries.
The boys’ tournament ran smoothly despite the temperamental weather and some fantastic rugby was played over the whole weekend. The U12 boys put forward a sterling performance. There was some tough competition in their group, notably from KL Tigers and Singapore Cricket Club. Despite this, they managed to reach the Bowl Final, eventually finishing runners up in their competition. The U10 boys also delivereda great performance. They worked together well and showed off some excellent, determined rugby. They eventually finished as Bowl winners overall in their competition. The U11 team also played welland again they were against some extremely tough opposition. A highlight was holding third-placed Dragons to a 12-12 draw. The U13 boys played in true Marlborough spirit – full of pride and emotion. For some of those boys, it was their last rugby game for the College after six years. The highlight for their tournament was coming from 0-10 down to win 12-10 in the final play of the game.
After disrupted play on Saturday, the girls’ touch tournament thrived on Sunday. With renewed energy and no fear of an impending storm, the girls were able to focus on their games and managed to play some outstanding rugby. The U13s played consistently well, an impressive feat considering the team was newly formed and consisted of pupils from three different year groups. They reached the third place play-offs and were therefore contesting a Plate win against the Cobrats. After a nail-biting ‘drop-off’ tie-breaker, the girls held their nerve and emerged the winners. The U15s, led by Mr Halls, were equally impressive over the weekend, playing extremely stylish and well-organised rugby. Over the whole weekend they were undefeated and also finished winners of the Plate competition. For a Year 8 team playing in a Year 9 age group, this was an outstanding achievement.
Rachel E Brooke
Year 6 Form Beak