While the Bangers Ancients were hosting Helevetes in Bangkok, the Bangers Vets were in Philippines for the 2013 Manila Rugby Tens. Always a great tour and the clubs third pilgrimage to this popular tournament. With forty teams entered from around the planet and more than 2,000 spectators present at Manila Nomads Club ground in Parañaque in metro Manila. all the components were there for a great weekend.
The Vets played three game on the Saturday. Unfortunately, they lost narrowly in their first match against Stoke Classics 5 -10, redeemed themselves in the second with 14 – 0 win over Hapons Snr and heart breaking 7 – 14 loss in the third contest against SMI Diggers. Not a good day for the Bangers. Later that day, held their Kangaroo Court session, a prelude to the inevitable night of fun in the entertainment district.
The Vets final game was early Sunday morning against the Extinct Volcanoes the Manila Nomads old boys side. The Volcanoes liqour curfew on Saturday night paid off. They scored early tries before the Vets rallied and added some points on the board. Unfortunately it was not enough and the Vets were out of the tournment
However there was still plenty of rugby. Partying that is. and Banger Vets are good at this, enjoying the afternoon with former Bangers now living in Manila and China.