Both teams went into the tournament at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club after a successful season and were looking to end the year with some silverware for trophy cabinet.
The Belles went into the final fired up and keener to lift the trophy more than the Baboons and emerged with a convincing win of 17-5 having played some great running and skillful rugby.
Happy captain Jane Cathery commented afterwards: “I am honored to lead the Bangkok Banger Belles! My outstanding teammates stepped up and earned this as a TEAM!”
The Colts played two pool games with two wins against the Bangkok Japanese 38-0 and the Rahus from Cambodia 14-0, which put the team into the cup semi-final against the Malaysia team, who had dominated throughout their pool games.
The Colts rose up to the challenge and controlled the game with a 19-0 victory, setting them up perfectly for the final against the Taipei Baboons AKA the Southerners. Games between these two local expat rugby teams are always fiercely contested.
The final went from end to end for 18 minutes with no score. Eventually the colts received a penalty in front of the posts and Dean Bennet converted to give the Colts a 3-0 lead with one minute to play. The Colts fought hard to hang on to this slender lead but prevailed at the final whistle.
With the Belles and Colts taking top honors at the 2019 RBSC rugby 10sx, the celebrations began. After the game, Colts Captain Darryn Mathee said: “I couldn’t be happier for the Bangkok Banger colts as every single person that put their foot on the field showed determination and commitment to the team. It makes me proud to be part of such an amazing club on this day with both teams ending our season on such a high.”
Special thanks to all Bangers’ supporters and sponsors. Omo Inc, X-treme rugby wear, Cali Mex Bangkok, Bistro restaurant and the Royal Oak Restaurant and Bar.