Last Saturday afternoon at Patana School, the Bangers Colts hosted the Jakarta Komodos in their third round match of the SEA Challenge Cup. This was a match the Bangers wanted to win knowing that this win was crucial.
The Komodos made the most of the early play, dominating forward play and took the lead after ten minutes. The visitors possessed a lively backline and with ball in hand, generally posed the greater threat. The Bangers defended superbly and for a periods denied the Komodos possession. For their effort, score a two well worked tries.
In the second half, the Bangers were a different team and fought superbly to make up the lost ground. Play became increasingly concentrated in the Komodos half The onset of rain on an already soaked pitch made handling difficult and the Bangers found it hard to break down the visitors defense. A tactical error late in the half saw the Komodes score a runaway try, enough to seal the game. The Bangers had plenty of possession in the dying minutes and might have got it but the control was not quite there. In the end the Jakarta Komodes celebrated a good win. It was a disappointing anti-climax after such a fine Banger effort.
There has been much to enjoy and the Bangers can be proud of their endeavor. No praise can be too high for their coach Jeff, who has instilled a camaraderie and team spirit which would be the envy of many other clubs. The fourth and final match in the SEA Cup Challenge is against the Selangor Dogs in Kuala Lumpur next month. Final Score: Jakarta Komodos 22, Banger Colts 19