On Saturday, 26th January, the annual Straits 10s Tournament was held at Marlborough College Malaysia. With six different age groups on show the competition was fierce with some outstanding rugby being played.
The U10s age group was our youngest, yet it made for some compelling viewing. The Marlborough team performed extremely well winning all six of their games and showing huge promise. Tom White, Oscar Willshaw and Joe Prendiville excelled and have been awarded places in the KL Tigers teams for the U11s.
The U11 Tournament had many strong sides represented with Centaurs Rugby Club showing real strength in depth. Their teams dominated with some free flowing rugby yet it certainly developed those teams around them with improvements visible throughout the teams in this age group.
The U12 competition was full of outstanding games with Marlborough competing extremely well. Following some close group matches the semi finals led to some mouth-watering ties. Our boys played SK Perling Taman and were beaten by a better side but have made great strides throughout this year. They eventually lost to Centaurs in the finals which highlighted some fantastic rugby.
Finally, the U13s, and the English College our old adversary. In the opening match we lost in the dying seconds by one try which saw the two best teams competing. This was confirmed after a great semi final between ourselves and Tanglin RFC which ended in a dramatic ‘2 tries to 1’ victory to Marlborough.
Overall, the Prep School can be very proud of their achievements on a great day of rugby. Thank you to all those who helped organise and run teams throughout the weeks and days running up to the tournament.
The U14’s had a difficult group but were competitive in every match. With three players making their debut for the U14 team the tournament was always going to be challenging and the focus for the team was to make individual and team improvements. This objective was achieved. Dominic Sullivan lead the team setting high standards in every aspect of the game. Bhathiya Ralapanawa scored some excellent individual tries. However, injuries took their toll with Ollie Wright and Jack Davies picking up knocks which hampered the team’s progress, unfortunately losing to Centaus in the Bowl final.
U16 William Roué – fly half
The U16 Boys went into the 2019 Straits Tournament with the chance to do what no other rugby team has ever done for Marlborough – win both Rugby Straits Tournaments. The campaign started off well with a 12-7 win over Centaurs Rugby Club in a physical match up, with Archie Triggs and Nicolas Lim scoring tries on the wings. We then went up against our rival team SAS, one of only three teams to beat the U16s all year. MCM rose to the challenge and beat them convincingly 33-0. We then went up against Bandar Uda in the final group match and Kiran Pulanduran scored a great try off a set piece to open up the scoring. MCM defended bravely and stopped Bandar Uda from scoring a single point. A last minute try from Derek Lee secured a courageous win of 12-0.
In the semi-finals we played Dragons Rugby Club and had an early lead of 12-0. However, Dragons came back and tied up the game 12-12 in stoppage time. For the first time in the U16 rugby season we went into extra time and a golden try playoff. Even without our captain Fraser Tulloch, we managed to keep a calm head and Kiran finally broke the line to relieve the relentless pressure and score. The MCM U16 then faced SSTMI, the Johor Sports Academy, in the final of the Straits Rugby 10s. In the first half, SSTMI proved too fast and powerful for the U16 boys and created a healthy lead of 22-0. However, MCM picked themselves back up and put on a brave second half performance even though they didn’t get any points to show for it.
Special mentions go to Archie Triggs for his speed and try scoring ability on the wing and to Darcy Tomlinson for his tackling and turnovers in the ruck. Although runner ups, I am immensely proud of what we have achieved as a team this season.