Take Down by Dad Bear
Take Down, a photo by Dad Bear on Flickr.

Fresh from hiatus of 6 weeks to prepare for the end of the year exams, the ACS (I) Under 16 7’s Rugby Team, took to the field for the Overseas Family School (OFS) annual 7 a side tourney.
The tourney would serve as a final warm up for the SCC 7’s tournament, held annually in November.The SCC 7’s is the local equivalent of the HK 7’s with international teams coming to Singapore for a 3 day extravaganza of rugby, partying and feasting.
The OFS 7’s pitted the ACS (I) team against their potential opponents in the SCC 7’s. ACS (I) had qualified for the SCC 7’s earlier in the year, by winning the qualifying tournament in August.
Showing little rust from their long lay-off, the boys from ACS(I) ripped through their opponents in the group rounds, beating OFS 39-0 and Australia International School (AIS) 36-0. The Australians were so frustrated at their inability to make headway against the local lads, their #7 spat out a on the shoes of our kicker Seb just as Seb was preparing to take the final conversion.The matches were played over two 7 minute halves, with 1 minute interval between the halves.
The semi-final against United Word College was played under the blazing sun at 110pm. The fitness levels (or lack of) of the ACS(I) boys took a dip in the second half of the semi-final. After taking a 12-0 lead, they allowed the UWC boys to swarm forward, finally breaching the defence for a try. Stunned by the first try conceded that day, ACS(I) promptly responded by scoring another try and holding the game UWC team at bay for the remaning minutes , progressing to the final where they would meet the favorites, Tanglin Trust School.
In the under 16 final against Tanglin Trust, played under ‘cooler’ temperatures at 310pm, a commanding performance by stand-off Ge Liang, saw the ACS(I) romp home by 3 unanswered converted tries, final score 21-0.
Offensively the team looked menacing. Defensively, they were solid. They defended stoutly from the front. Every member of the team willing to put their bodies on the line. The lads maintained the high level of intensity throughout the day’s matches, and were not afraid to show a little flair every now and then. The team were willing to support each other all the way. Every runner knew instinctively that they had support running shotgun on the wings. No one was caught isolated, and the opposition teams simply had no answer. In the scrums, the ACS(I) team were quite brutal in the contests, winning all their own scrums and all but two of their opposition put ins. All this with only 1 day of training after the 6 weeks exam break. With a little more work on their fitness, I feel that they can possibly be even more potent in the upcoming tournaments.
Still 2 months of the year left to go, and so many more games to play, including the tour of Bangkok. It is indeed looking to be an interesting end of the year, and a promising start of a new season after that.

More pictures can be seen here @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanyongkuan/sets/72157627779434821/