The Banger Colts gave it everything at a rain sodden Bangkok University Grounds last Sunday matching up well against the Thai Army One team, but were ultimately edged out 18-12.
The Colts never let themselves down. They were competitive in most areas of the game. The defence scrum and lineouts were particularly impressive and their rolling mauls were heady stuff. The Colts played with a passion and commitment all afternoon and earned two great tries for their efforts. They continued to battle in all aspects of the game as they sought to finish on a positive note. The forward pack was well lead by Roberto Goulo and Andrew Tatam MIke Swagger and newcomer Chris Fargus both played blinders.
The Colts backs weaved patterns with fluency and attacking flair but couldn’t quite put enough phases together to dot down the winning try. Max was sensational again at halfback and Adrien controlled the outside backs well with Jamie Partingon, James Potter and Dylan Bower giving the Army boys something to think about.
The Banger Colts just seem to have a loss of form against a determined, tactically astute Thai Army team. The Army simply gave an accomplished display of wet weather rugby controlling the ball well and their backs were always dangerous with ball in hand.
In the third stanza, the game meandered up and down the field with neither side taking control. At one point the Colts were camped on the Army tryline for nearly five minutes but could not engineer the try. The Army defence was resolute. After sixty minutes, the score was even. Two crucial penalties were awarded to the Army during the last quarter which they slotted to lead 18 -12. The final score.
The Army celebrated as the final whistle blew leaving the Colts a little deflated. The Thai Army deserved the win. There were however, plenty of positives for the Banger coach and senior players to thinks about. The Colts travelled back to the Tenderloins clubrooms, reflecting on what could have been. It was one of those afternoon when things didnt go tp plan. Final Score : Thai Army 18. Banger Colts 12