Last Sunday at the Kings College Grounds the Banger Colts lost to Luk Pradu, a Royal Thai Navy side in the Thai Rugby Union, 2nd Division Final.
Everyone involved in Banger rugby left the ground with a stunned stare of disbelief that comes from watching the cruelest of finishes in an unbelievable game. The Bangers went into the Finals game without many of their keys players. It was going to be a long afternoon.
Roberto Guolo the skipper, had the boys really fired up before the game. Many of his team were forced to play out of position. And did they respond. This was a game the Banger Colts should have won. They were the better side in the line outs and the scrums, scored a magnificent try, had a kicker who was on target and they defended well, against a Thai side that moved the ball wide with pace and intent.
The Colts were left fuming after contentious calls from the referee, denied them the chance of a landmark victory. The number of times the Colts were adjudged to have transgressed in attempting to secure or play the ball was puzzling to both the players and the ardent supporters – Thai and farang – on the sideline.
Thankfully while the club is short on patience, it is long on beer. This was a game stressful to watch. It requires a few litres to dull the pain.
Despite the loss there were significant positives. The new Thai players put their body on the line for the club It was inspirational stuff. Having said that, the whole team responded to Roberto’s passionate leadership. They did not let him down. Final Score : Luk Pradu 14, Banger Colts 12