Bangkok Japanese produced a strong performance last Sunday to hold on to a win against the Banger Colts 17- 12. It was a game the Bangers could have won. They were architects of their own downfall. That’s not to take any merit away from the Bangkok Japanese win who on the day were tactifully more astute and determined.
It was new squad and a new season for the Colts, with 27 players, a mixture of new and veteran players on the sideline. A dilemma a coach of the Bangers has never had for some time. The goal to give everyone game time counted against the Colts with the team never feeling comfortable with the on field mix.
The pack played well however, in the the loose, had difficulty handing the boundless energy of the Japanese forwards. The Colt backs also had their frustrations against their elusive opposition. There were some good moments with Kilea and Adrien Simon playing well rescuing the team on a number of occasions. They were both dangerous with ball in hand. While crucial breaks eluded them, the crowd will remember Kilea’s try. It was special.
On occasions the Colts grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck managing in the second half to camp close to the Japanese line however, they couldn’t engineer the crossover. The Japanese produce desperate defence to keep the Colts out.They soaked up what the Bangers had to throw at them.
The Colts were left to reflect on what could have been, but really only have themselves to blame for poor execution and too many mistakes under pressure. The Bangkok Japanese needed to run down the clock and secure the win and they did just that. The Colts will lick their wounds, learn from this and move on. Final Score Bangkok Japanese 17, Bangkok Colts 12