Yesterday, ACJC almost pulled off an unexpected victory against SMU on their very home ground. The match was slow and scrappy and looked very ordinary. For the most part of the game, it looked like the younger boys from ACJC who took the game to the boys from SMU.
During the game, the SMU side looks largely vulnerable at all areas and looked totally shell-shocked by the youthful ACJC side. Nevertheless, the City Boys drew first blood with a well worked move that saw in-form Alex Ong scoring easily under the post.
The City boys were often putting unnecessary pressure on themselves, when they attempted to run every play from their own half. The adventurous play soon backfired and allowed ACJC to score an easy try.
On the sidelines, there was alot of tinkering(rotation) of players and it probably resulted in the SMU side never really finding their foot on the pedal. When interviewed, the SMU's management commented,
"This was the last chance for some of the boys to put their hands up for the Tri-Unis and to work some combinations out. Through this game, we know what works and what doesn't....all credit to the ACJC boys who pushed us in every area of the game; they were a good side and showed us that we have a lot more work to be done."
The side looked clearly disappointed after the final whistle and will look to try to sort themselves out this week before they face arch-rivals NTU in the opening match of the Tri-Universities Rugby Championships.
SMU vs ACJC
Final Score: 26-15
Tries: Alex Ong, Alex Chew, Sherman Yeo, Naresh
Conversions: Amos Siow (2), Naresh (1)