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2011 Phuket Heineken International Rugby 10s

Champions 2011


Karon Stadium was the venue for the 2011 Tens in what would be the last time the iconic venue would be used and is truly missed !

In the sweltering heat of the upcoming monsoon season Karon Stadium bore witness to some of the best rugby ever played at the Phuket Heineken Rugby 10's. As usual the proceedings kicked off on the Friday with the coffin dodgers vets competition with defending champions the Moorabbin Rams looking to retain their trophy against the likes of the Cottesloe Old Gulls, Arabian Gulf Legends, Bucks stags, Wanderers Wrinkleys and of course home town favorites the Phuket Viagrabonds.

The Selangor Old Dog once again graced the field along with new boys the Taipei Silverbacks and old favorites The Hong Kong Bulls and the Stray Cats.

Day One

During the group stages there were many close games but the pick of the early games was the Weasel cup match up between the Viagrabonds and old adversaries the old Bangkok Bangers. In a tough encounter Viagrabonds ably led by ex bath Hooker Huw Butler managed to sneak home by 19-0 and regain the converted trophy. After winning all their group games Viagrabonds came up against the Cottesloe Old gulls in the semi final and put in their best performance of the day to run out winners and earn a place in the Vets cup final against defending champions Moorabbin Rams. Other teams to make it through to the finals were the vets bowl Arabian Gulf Legends V Selangor Old Dog and Vets plate Bucks Stags V Wanderers Wrinkleys.

Day Two

Royal Thai Police v RoostersThe main action started on Saturday morning with new comers Rebel Dubai Dragons taking on the Royal Thai Police who immediately showed that they would be contenders for the crown. In a day of action packed rugby one figure who stood out was the Emirate airlines muppets ex Wasps and Samoan international Trevor Leota who defied the years by playing for any team who would have him !!

Some of the matches were close run affairs with Qantas Koalas taking the inter airline clash bragging rights by defeating the Emirate Airlines Flying Muppets 7-0, BKK Bangers beating Bucket Brigade 7-0 and Phuket Vagabonds going down in a close game to the Taipei baboons 12-7. The Vagabonds did however bounce back in their next game to beat the Bucket brigade to reach the cup stages on Sunday. One of the favorites for the cup the Thai Legends were pushed all the way by the Bedhoff Kings from Singapore before scoring the winning try in the last minute to win 7-0. One of the biggest upsets of the day was the Asian Japanese Dragons almost beating last years champions the Kreil Roosters from South Africa and only a last minute try by Vicci May saw them through 12-7.

Day Three

The knockout stages on Sunday were all close games and as always there has to be winners and losers and the finals were finally sorted out with The Emirate Flying Muppets taking on the Singapore barbarians who won a tight game to win the Bowl competitions. The Thai legends edged last years finalists the Moorabbin Rams in what was probably the most entertaining game of the weekend to take the plate honours and the Royal Thai Police beat last years winners the Kreil Roosters in a thoroughly entertaining game of attrition and spectacular rugby.

Before the main finals we had the future of rugby on display with the Under 15's tournament finals with Singapore Centaurs taking on the Phuket Lomas in the cup final. In a thrilling game cheered on by the crowd the Centaurs ran out winners by 10-0 after scoring in the 1st and last minutes of the game. In the Plate final Krabi overcame a spirited BKK Lions team 12-0. Lomas captain Mut was voted by the other coaches as U 15's player of the tournament.

From the future of the sport to the veterans of the sport we had the Coffin Dodgers finals with the Arabian Gulf Legends just over coming a spirited Selangor Old Dog side to win the Bowl honours and The Bucks Stags just scraping by the Wanderers Wrinkleys in a Singapore derby to steal the Plate and local hero's the Phuket Viagrabonds being out classed by reigning Coffin Dodgers champions the Moorabbin Rams who retained their Coffin Dodgers cup.

PHUKET: A robust Royal Thai Police (RTP) squad yesterday routed Phuket Rugby 10s defending champions the Kriel Roosters from South Africa by 31-5 to win the annual tourney’s cup final. In a thrilling match at Karon Stadium yesterday evening, players on both sides made big tackles and charging runs to the try line. The first half ended with RTP leading 12-0, a margin boosted to 19 soon after the restart. The Roosters rallied midway through the second half to give themselves some hope at 19-5. The resulting kickoff led to a missed tackle by the Roosters, which allowed RTP to run in their fourth try. RTP’s fine performance was polished off with a final try just before the final whistle. For more results from the Phuket Rugby 10s, click here or on the “Phuket Sports” button in the left-hand sidebar to see our new Phuket Sports page, bringing you the best of Phuket sports as it happens. – Phuket Gazette


Phuket International Rugby Tens

          26th-28th May 2017

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