Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A brief report on the SUNIG Finals

On Sunday, SMU was crowned the 1st ever SUNIG Rugby 7s champions. After overcoming a narrow nail-biting finals against NUS. The team came away with a 7-0 victory in the finals, courtesy of a solo try by winger Bryan Ng.

The SMU A squad did well to overcome some nerves after it suffered a defeat to the NUS team in the round robin match, 7-19. However, the City Boys dug deep against a very well prepared and spirited NUS side and did just about enough to win them by a single try in the finals, giving SMU its first ever official University School title.

The finals was intense and surprisingly relatively well-refereed, with the referee allowing the game to flow as much as possible. The finals eventually lived up to the hype, as supporters witnessed two very spirited teams battling it out with everything they've got. Although there was an obvious lack of tries, but that was certainly made up with numerous fierce display of great defense from both sides.

Despite all that, the great display in the finals by both teams was eventually marred by incidents of foul play, that is currently under investigations. SMU's winger Bryan Ng is allegedly responsible for 3 cases of foul play during the finals, gouging the eyes of three NUS players on three separate occasions during the finals. All 3 players, Shafiq Zulazmi, David Lee and Muhd Raihan have since, been in need of an eye specialist, to treat to their respective injuries.

The case has been taken seriously by both NUS and SMU, and it is understood that NUS will be filing a report to SRU to have actions taken against the player. Said former SMUrugby President, Amos Siow,

"On behalf of the SMU team, we sincerely apologize to the NUS boys, for whatever happened out there.He(Bryan) will have to definitely take full responsibility of his actions and we want to reassure NUS that we do not condone such acts of foul play.I hope that the matter can be resolve eventually...as both school are very much friends to one another."

The conclusion of the tournament also marks the end of the rugby calendar for the universities for this year, but also marks the start of an exciting period, as a Combined Singapore Uni team is set to be formed by the end of this week. The squad of 14-18 players picked from across all 4 universities, will be announced and the team will prepare for the Asean University Games (AUG) 7s held in Malaysia in December this year.

The AUG 7s squad and coach will be announced some time this week or the next.
Other Results:
Cup Champions: SMU A
Cup runner ups: NUS A
3rd: NTU A
4th: SIM A
Bowl Champions: NTU B
Bowl runner ups: SMU B
3rd: NUS B

Lastly, thanks to all who came down to support and participate in the first ever SUNIG Rugby 7s. See you next year.
Stay tuned for my detailed reports on the SUNIG 7s

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