Last Sunday the Old Bangkok Bangers hosted the Causebay RFC from Hong Kong in a social match at Patana School. And what a game it was. The Banger composite team of veterans and colts ran out decisive winners in a spirited contest.
It was tenacious display by the home side and a positive way to start the new season. Despite the absence of some regulars, the Bangers dominated for the four quarters. Causeway Bay struggled to cope with the robust Banger forward pack and the enterprising backs. Patience and control in attack gave them the edge in this encounter. Causeway Bay had a share of possession and territory, but conceded penalties when they had the Bangers under some pressure.
The Bangers displayed strength and speed of thought and action all afternoon. Scrum halfs Maxime Labardin and Andy Raming were both brilliant at half back. Adrien Simon was his usual deceptive self, weaving his way through the Causeway defence at will. The Man Of The Match, Maxime Saseras, the outside center was a handful for Causeway all afternoon. Laurens Notenboom, Andrew Tatam, Chris Fargus, Thomas Pouplin, Simon Williams and David Erard stood out in the forwards. Of course they were supported by the rest of their gallant teammates.
What was exciting to see were the young new members of the club. They all had great first games. Laurens would have found it difficult selecting his man of the match. PeiQi Lee, a key member of the Banger Belles, the new Bangers women’s contact side also joined in the action during the last two quarters and very nearly scored a try. A fine player who represented her native Singapore in 2011. The club are lucky to have here on board to help build the new team.
It was great day out. After the game the Bangers hosted Causeway back at their Tenderloins club rooms. Fine food and plenty of cold Heineken, rugby banter and antics followed. It would have been a late night for some despite the curfew. Final Score : Old Bangkok Bangers 50. Causebay Bay 0.