Saturday, December 29, 2007
The match started 30mins late as the All Star Old Boys slowly made their way to the stadium. The match was played under a typically hot and humid Singapore weather and it certainly did no favors for both team with the poor state of one of Singapore's worst rugby field.
SMU were missing a couple of their players, such as National 7s player, Daniel Marc Chow (DMC), Lorenzo Escano Lim, Lionel Kong, Daniel Lee and Chew Yin Xiang. But the team showed some depth and took the chance to rotate players around and gave every one a run. The team experimented a couple of combinations and was also glad to welcome recently signed flanker Joel Leong, who had a storming game.
Generally, the City Boys looked to put up a much improved performance against the All Star team. They looked more organized and were able to put in a few phases. There was some signs of continuity in their play, but they still look a bit vulnerable at the breakdowns. Overall, the management are pleased with the performance and feel that they are moving in a right direction in their preparation for the Tri-Universities.
The City Boys have been given a day off on New Year's Eve and will resume training on the 2nd of January 2008, Wednesday.
SMU vs All Star Old Boys
Final Score: 34 - 5
Tries: Desmond Wee, Amos Siow, Joel Leong, Alex Ong, Alvin Tan
Conversions: Amos Siow (2), Desmond Wee (1)
Penalty: Amos Siow (1)
All Star Old Boys
Tries: Melvin Tan
Friday, December 28, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
2007, like every year before it, has seen a number of talented young players emerge from the shadows to stake their claim in the local rugby scene. Sherman 'The Shermanator' as we like to call him at SMU first shot to fame playing for Raffles Junior College (RJC) in 2003/2004. The young prop lead the side to their first A Division title after beating Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) in 2004, before being called up to Singapore Armed Forces Sports Association (SAFSA). After giving a few scintillating performances for SAFSA in 2005, 'The Shermanator' began to make waves and was linked to several local universities, only to be involved in a freak accident during training where he broke his nose. Since then, SMU managed to pay up and got their man in August this year.
This season, Sherman Yeo has seized his chance in the Blacks Midnight 10s, SMU Ringemail 7s and IRAUG Rugbys 7s and is certainly in the right place here at SMU to continue his development. In a team whose qualities stem from their greater attacking arsenal, Sherman Yeo has repeatedly proved to us that props can indeed play beautiful rugby and wowed the Aussies Down Under with his flashes of brilliance that one could only describe as 'unbelievable'. 'Uncle' Wei Nurn told the press that Sherman Yeo could be one of the brightest prospect ever to step into SMUrugby and he is widely tipped to be the next skipper of SMUrugby team once current skipper Amos Siow's contract with the City Boys runs out.
Off the field, room mates on the IRAUG tour could only shake their heads in disbelief when they stumbled into Sherman's room one fateful night and witnessed Sherman's shocking sleeping pattern. Local gossip celebrity Cunning Conniver and a group of paparazzi were seen snapping away outside the window of Sherman's room and these pictures have found their way here to SMUrugby news. When interviewed by the press, team mates on tour who were clearly traumatised said,
" ...We understand that the coaching panel has imposed the 'no-sex' curfew on us and do not allow the SMUrugby Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) to stay in the same hotel as us, but there's no need to be so BLATANTLY KINKY right?"
Nonetheless, as the season comes to the half-way point, Sherman Yeo will most probably be remembered for being one of the more consistent performers for SMUrugby so far. With the Tri-Universities Rugby Championships 2008 coming up with less than a month to go, many rugby fans are licking their lips in anticipation as they await the showdown of Sherman Yeo and legendary rugby icon Rong Jing Xing aka 'Rebel Rong' (who is said to be playing for NTU) in the opening match as they renew their rivalry which dates back to Sherman's SAFSA days. Ex-SAFSA team mate Darius Sit (who is set to snub SMU for NUS in the 2008 transfer window after clearing his medical with SMU) was interviewed and gave his 2 cents worth,"Who is Rong? Sherman is young, fit and hungry for his first IVP title. I have faith in Sherman. I'll put my money on him. Hell...I'll put money on myself if I am playing. I myself can't wait to don the NUS colours and play against him. Afterall, we are the future of Singapore Rugby."
Player Profile: Sherman Yeo Wei Liang
Sunday, December 23, 2007
The City Boys were off to a slow start and were scoreless in the first quarter. But the SMU side soon found their feet and gradually put in the tries in the later quarters.
This was the first time the team has gathered to play in the 15-a side game and were visibly struggling to get used to each other's play. The general flow of play was disruptive and untidy, however when SMU had the chance to counter attack, the team looked lethal and were clinical in putting the tries away in broken play.
There isn't much time left till the Tri-Universities Rugby Championships, but the team looks to have a good platform to work with after today's performance. Certainly, much more work needs to be done and the boys will be looking forward to their next friendly match.
SMU vs SRC
Tries: Amos Siow (2), Desmond Wee, Goh Zhuwei*, Lorenzo Escano, Melvin Tan*
Conversions: Amos Siow (3) Lorenzo Escano (1) Lionel Kong (1)
Good performances by:
Daniel Marc Chow
* Foreign players on loan to SMU for this particular fixture - Melvin Tan, Edwin Tan and Goh Zhuwei. Thank you boys.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Of all 12 players up in Perth, Tafa was observed to be closest to room-mate, 'Uncle" Chong Wei Nurn. They were seen to hit off on a right note and were described to be 'TIGHT'. Describing their friendship, one player who did not want to be named said,
"its really sweet between the two. Wei Nurn does all the cooking and talking, while Tafa just nods and eats..."
However, SMUrugby press uncovered that behind the soft-spoken image, lies a very dodgy character. Tafa, was always seen wandering suspiciously by himself in Perth and was reported to go on random outings in Perth on his own disclosing that he was meeting 'a friend'. Also, there were a number of occasions when Tafa was stopped along the road by random stranger,
"Hey Brother, would you by any chance have weed???"
However, weed or no weed, "brother" Tafa, was all about determination and focus on the field. After having had limited chances to play on the first day of competition, 'the brother' was hungry and raring to make his first contribution to the team. Finally when he started against Curtin University, the Zimbabwean set off the afterburners when he made his first touch of the ball, side-stepping the defence and running through the defence - until a last-ditch tackle stopped him inches from the try line.
The "brother" was also seen to have had a bit of tension with the crowd's most irritating player, Simba from Curtin University. When probed by the management about what conspired with he and the Australian-bound player, "brother" Tafa just told SMUrugby press,
"It's racial! brudder."
However, sources tell us that the tension between the two had something to do with whose 'schlong' was bigger and longer instead - perhaps it's all the same.
Player profile: Tafadzwa L MARASHA
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Another person we interviewed was Uncle Chong Wei Nurn, who adopted them as his dear nephews,
"The team expresses their happiness over the 'holy' reunion of Mouth and Vicky, its sweet. But we just didn't expect them to take it to be a public affair. Nevertheless, I love them still, they are very obedient and listen to all that I have to say."
Both players have declined to make any statements regarding the issues and choose to focus on the upcoming Tri-Universities Rugby Championships.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Off the field, Lionel Poh was observed to engage in absolutely random behavior. Room mates on the tour confessed that LP’s queer antics were hard to keep up with. One famous example cited, was how the latter left his empty gummy box in the room’s fridge and for all 9 days of the trip repeatedly walk up to the fridge to open it and scold all his room-mates for finishing all his gummies and leaving the empty gummy box in the fridge.
On the tour, the tournament’s captain nearly single handedly dug himself into trouble with the school’s administration when a freebie jacket which was meant for the SMU tennis boys was missing. Each athlete on the SMU contingent was entitled to one item each, but after doing a 2 hour search and interrogation, Lionel Poh stepped up to claim his middle name of “robber” Poh and owned up with 2 jackets. The skipper, claimed to have thought every one was entitled to as many as they wanted, but soon switch his cover-story to him taking an extra set for the roaming tournament photographer Lim Wei Ming, who was busy snapping up-skirt shots of tennis boys and girls.
Overall, the tour was filled with much fun and entertainment with Lionel Poh. He proved to be an influential captain who led the City Boys to a credible 4th position finish and in the process record the team’s first ever overseas victory.
Well done Poh!
The player has also been nominated Most “wacko” Player on the tour.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Majority of the photos seen on this blog captured from the SMU ringEmails 7s and IRAUG 7s are proudly brought to you by Lim Wei Ming aka weims.
Player Profile: Lim Wei Ming
Age : 23
Position: Second rower
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Lorenzo Escano Lim has been a consistent performer ever since joining the City Boys. The winger, who also plays centre, has proved to be an illusive runner and a clinical finisher for the team. Off the field, the player (no pun intended), is often known for his quirky and cheerful antics and is a popular figure among his team-mates.
He was at times caught trying to look and behave like a donkey from the cartoon Whinnie the Pooh. And was also spotted to be gathering a crowd in public to show how he had the 'special powers' to make his 'schlong' go from 'sitting position' to standing position aka erected.
Lastly, the player was issued a warning by the Players' Discipline Committee before boarding the plane to Perth when he turned up at Changi Airport 20 minutes late and drunk. However, considering the nature of Lorenzo plus the repeated concussions, no one can be sure that the player recalls any of these events happening.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Photos courtesy of Lim Wei Ming, our official rugby photographer for the tour.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Alex Chew had a stormer of a tournament. The latter clocked up the most amount of play time throughout the tournament and was probably on the field for every minute of it...not till he 'knocked-out' after chasing back to make a cover tackle and was sent rolling around in his own try area. After a couple of tossing and turning, socialite Chew gave in to the 'vomit-monster' and allowed the flood gates to open. However, someone didn't tell him that one needs to have his mouth facing ground wards rather than skywards. This lack of information, eventually lead to the star performer puking and swallowing his own debris all at the same time - certainly not showing a clear understanding on the laws of gravity.
While Alex Chew will probably be remembered for his diligent cover tackles and non-stop running all over the field. His 11 other team-mates will remember him most for a particular inspirational speech before the team's first game of the tournament against ECU.
As the team were all psyched up and in a team huddle, Alex Chew was seen looking nervous and was down on one knee as he delivered his inspirational speech to counteract the jitters, "We got to give our opponents no respect! We got to go out there play to our pattern and let it FLOWwww (ahhhh)...."
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The recent poor turn out from the WAGS for both the departure and arrival of the boys has sparked off top SMUrugby tabloid magazine "Rumor has it" from making various speculation of the welfare and love life of some of the players at SMUrugby. One player who declined to be named expressed his disappointment with the SMUrugby WAGS,
Friday, December 7, 2007
The boys were in a relax mood as they got ready to face the host and perhaps, even more relax when they realize their opponents were no where in sight during the time of kick-off. A possible forfeit of the game was on the cards, but UWA's players started to stroll in just as the game was to be awarded to SMU. But, after much discussion and after being 20mins late from the kickoff, the match eventually took place with SMU taking on a depleted UWA side, who only had 6 players on the field.
SMU vs UWA
Even with a numerical advantage on the field, the SMU boys were unable to stamp their authority on the host. The host were the first to draw first blood, taking an early lead with an unconverted try, to bring the score to 0-5. This cause a bit of panic among the City boys as they attempted to settle their nerves and make use of the extra man. Eventually a quick break just before half time from forward Vicknesh Sellutharai brought the score levelled, 5-5. The conversion by Amos Siow was unsuccessful.
In the second half, the City boys were not contented with sitting back for a draw in the game and piled on the pressure on UWA. Pressure soon turn to points when substitute and old guard, Chong Wei Nurn once again bulldozed his way to the try line to score, bringing the score to 10-5. The conversion was once again unsuccessful.
The rest of the game was evenly matched as both teams made breaks, but failed to put their respective chances away. The lack of clinical finishing by the SMU team proved costly as UWA scored a last minute try to equalize 10-10. With the conversion to be taken, a successful conversion would defeat the SMU boys. But the angle and distance was shown to be out of reach for the UWA's kicker as it fell short and was off-target.
The final score was 10-10 and was enough to send the City boys into the 3rd/4th Playoffs.
3rd/4th Playoff: SMU vs Curtin University
In a repeat fixture, Curtin University was all out for revenge in the playoff for the bronze medal. With the 3rd/4th play-offs taking place 30mins after the game against UWA. Players such as, Lionel Poh, Alex Ong and Lionel Kong were unable to recover in time for the game and were not featured in the starting line up. In addition, the tournament organizers extended the game play for the finals, imposing 10 minute halves from the original 7 minute halves.
The SMU team was visibly tired during the warm-up. On the other hand, Curtin who had ample rest from their previous group game were fresh and were quick to capitalized on the sluggish SMU side romping to 3 early tries in the first half with SMU having no reply for the energized Curtin.
In the process, SMU lost Amos Siow through a concussion in the first half when a break from a pass from Sherman Yeo, was quickly closed down by the covering defense that saw him taking a knock on the head and needing to be substituted at half time.
With the dreams of a bronze medal slipping away, changes needed to be made quickly to the team. Substitutes Lionel Poh, Alex Ong and Lim Wei Ming all came on and made an impact immediately. Tries from Lionel Poh, Alex Chew and Chong Wei Nurn spurred a fight back against Curtin. But it all provided too little too late, as Curtin turned on the style and hammered another 3 more tries in the closing minutes to sink the hearts of the City boys. The final score was 17-36.
The boys from SMU finished 4th out of 6 teams in the IRAUG 7s. Although the boys were clearly disappointed, a slightly drowsy SMUrugby President, Amos Siow had more than his fair share of words on the tour,
"The boys have worked very hard to get this far in the tournament. To come here (Perth) to win a game and play some good rugby has been no easy task. Being the only Asian team and competing against 5 other top Australian Universities, 4th is certainly a position that we are not to be ashamed about. If only, we won our games against UWA and Murdoch University, things could have possibly resulted in us finishing a 2nd."
On the whole, the trip has been a huge success in many ways, all players have benefited from the experience and have bonded over the past 10 days. The boys will be looking forward sharing their experience with their fellow-team mates and will get ready to compete in the upcoming Tri-Universities Championships in Mid Jan.
The squad of 12 are due to return on Monday, 10th December at 7.15am.
10th Dec - Perth to Singapore (SQ 216)
The SMU tennis boys and girls both finished 2nd in the respective tournament. Congratulations!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
SMU vs Curtin University
Curtin University had some outstanding players, who had recently competed with their respective clubs in last month's Singapore Cricket Club 7s (SCC 7s). However, this didn't deter the City Boys from recording their first win of the tournament.
The game started off with SMU receiving the kick-off and saw them make good use of the possession. Showing composure and confidence to pass the ball around the park and attack gabs at will. The side was soon rewarded when scrumhalf Alex Chew picked the ball from the ruck and attacked the blindside together with Captain Lionel Poh in support. The break resulted in centre Amos Siow opening the accounts for SMU with a try under the post. The try was converted by Amos and the scoreline 7-0.
Curtin appeared shell-shocked and started to pile on the pressure for the rest of the half. But SMU stood their ground and defended well against their Australian opponents.
In the second half, the City boys, were determined to shut the game down and put Curtin University away and came out from the break with a try through an assist from Captain Poh to Lionel Kong to score under the post - bringing Lionel Kong's personal tournament try-scoring tally to 4. The try was converted and the score was extended to 14-0. Possession of the ball was mainly SMU's and the Singapore University made multiple breaks, constantly putting Curtin on the back foot.
The game was finally sealed by the City boys, when Chong Wei Nurn powered through for a try from the base of the ruck to bring the score to 19-0, ensuring SMU's first ever overseas victory.
The boys were ecstatic after the game. When interview about the game, President of SMUrugby team, Amos Siow said, "This victory meant a lot to us and the boys have been working hard for this victory!"
However, the joys from recording the first victory of the tournament was short-lived when they faced UNDA in their second game of the day
SMU vs UNDA
UNDA boasted several state players and were ranked the top team going into this tournament. They were the recent runners-up in the Australia University Games and have been dominating the whole IRAUG tournament and were sitting on top of the table with maximum points.
The match against UNDA proved too much for the SMU side, smashing the short-lived high spirits of the boys and trouncing them 41-0. The boys had made a couple of breaks in the game, but UNDA were simply too good for them.
While the City boys left the field clearly disappointed, they take heart that they lost to a much better team and will be looking forward eagerly to their game against the host team, University of Western Australia (UWA).
While there has been no major injuries to any of the players. Another knock sustained to Lorenzo Escano's head has possibly put him out of action for the rest of the tournament, said Captain Poh, "We do not wish to aggravate his condition and we take any head injuries sustained to our players seriously."
The boys will have the whole day off tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Tomorrow the team will face Curtin University(CURT) and University of Notre Dame (UNDA) and will hope to register their first overseas win in history.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Today, the team kicked off the opening ceremony with games against EDU and MDU. Playing the games at 2pm and 3pm. (Perth time respectively)
SMU vs ECU
The first game proved to be a tough one as the boys attempted to blow off the pre-tournament jitters and conceded a very early try in the 1st min. ECU continued to put pressure on the City Boys and played to their strengths of adopting a more direct style of play, attempting to out muscle the evidently smaller SMU boys. Before half time, ECU put in a further 2 tries to make the score 0-19
However, the City boys had never showed a sign of backing down from the challenge as Lorenzo Escano made some good darting runs, which almost resulted in tries, if not for last ditch tackles by the panicky ECU side. The latter, then got concussed in the process of one of his runs and had to be substituted by Lionel Kong.
There were many chances for the City boys to crawl back into the game and the chances soon turn into points. Lionel Poh, made a break and made an cross field kick, which saw Amos Siow ground the ball for a well earned try. Upon scoring the try, Amos had to be substituted as well, as he suffered from heat exhaustion and could not continue for the rest of the day's matches.
Another try came for the City Boys, which drew the margin of the score closer. A brilliant off-load from Vicknesh, putting Sherman Yeo into a gap, bringing the score to 10-19. However, the City Boys' comeback effort was made futile, when ECU overpowered the SMU boys to seal the game with a rather imposing score of 10-24.
SMU vs MDU
With Lorenzo Escano and Amos Siow absent from the line up. The City Boys had to settle with fielding 3 subs from a possible 5. But that didn't stop them from dominating the Australian side. The City boys, made an early mistake to concede a try to MDU. But came back firing on all cylinders when speedster Lionel Kong reigned in a hat-trick of tries to put the score at 17-5.
However, the blistering 40 degree heat proved too much for the boys and fatigue started to set in and allowed their opponents to creep right back into the game levelling the score in the 2nd half at 17-17. A last minute injury time try by MDU, saw the SMU side's hope of recording their first overseas victory go up in smokes. MDU won the game 17-22.
At the end of the day, the boys were seen to be clearly disappointed but could take heart that they have caused a stir among their competitors, sending a strong message - that the Singapore side is certainly no pushovers.
The boys will have a day of rest tomorrow, with a light training session in the morning and will have another 2 games on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Lorenzo Escano and Amos Siow are reported to be fit to play for both matches and will be turning up for training tomorrow.
SMU tennis team(boys and girls) romped to victory winning their matches 3-2 and 5-0 respectively.
For the latest updates on scores you can visit http://www.unigames.com.au/ladder.asp?comp=642&OrgID=1
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Chew Yeow Kuan of NTU, taking a shot with former Rafflesian team-mate or ex-lover?, Daniel Marc Chow?
News on the missing life-size figurine of Daniel Marc Chow(DMC) has been confirmed to be reported stolen.
Reports have claimed it was last seen with a fellow rival player, NTU's winger Chew Yeow Kuan.
Chew, was seen wandering around the City Campus last week and was rumored to have made the long trip down from Boon Lay just to have his picture taken with the figurine. But the latter, couldn't stop there(with just a picture) and was reported by sources to have carried the figurine away from its original spot and seen rushing across the road with the 1.8m figurine under his arm, hopping on to a SBS bus and taking off.
When contacted by SMUrugby news, a distraught Daniel Marc said,
"I cannot understand why any one will do such a thing!" (neither can we)
The NTU rugby management refused to comment on the situation during press time. While wanted man, Mr. Chew Yeow Kuan(aka kuku jiao)is still out at large and rumored to have fled the country into hiding with the Daniel Marc figurine.
Both Chew and Daniel Marc's figurine are wanted men.
Anyone who has seen them, please immediately call our hotline, 1900-235235-ITWASNTME or tag us on our board.