Our boys had done everything possible to prepare for this tournament including succeeding at every fixture so far in Shanghai. This was obvious in the opening game against big strong Australians who were outmatched out wide with the pace of Ryan Grant, Alex Hull and Pohan Su. We won our first game 29-5.
Next we played our arch rivals Dulwich College Shanghai. The game began with one of the biggest defensive efforts of the year, with Dulwich throwing everything at the boys through the forwards, and starting off the scoring. It was not long before Alex Hull crossed over for our reply and opened the flood gates to a flurry of points in the second half which meant we managed a convincing win of 24-10.
The day did not get any easier, with BISS Pudong up next and, as they had won the same number of games as us so far, they were pushing for a win. In an even deeper struggle of desperate defense our boys successfully held off a stream of forward attack and at half time the score was locked at 5-5. In the dying seconds of the game BISS Puxi pulled off a great attack, finally crossing the line to win the game 10-5.
Saturday saw us set up with an easier semi-final against a walking wounded Australian side, beefed up with two Division 2 players from BISS Pudong, who thankfully and generously offered their services. The final score was 27-7 to BISS Puxi. This set up the BISS final with Puxi facing our sister school from across the city, Pudong.
Pudong had improved as the tournament went on, however the fitness, positive energy and continuous supportive play from the Puxi boys prevailed in an exhibition of wonderful back play. Stream after stream of attack wore the Pudong boys down and this just encouraged the BISS Lions as they bounded to victory 34-0.
Many thanks to the cheerleaders, parents and staff who came out to support us. Players of the tournament were named as Thomas Manteo, Charlie Johnson and Sven Weinholts. A final credit to the entire team who were humble in victory and made the school proud in yet another great rugby win!