It has been a very successful rugby season, with the D2 boys winning their SISAC tournament and the D1 boys winning ACAMIS. Unfortunately the D1 SISAC tournament was cancelled, however the boys were unbeaten throughout the season. It was an excellent effort from the boys, who have shown tremendous commitment throughout.
We have consistently had 25 boys at training three times per week, including early mornings, and the boys have given up days of their holidays to train. All 25 boys have made an outstanding contribution, however special mention must go their captain Sven Wienholts. He is a quiet leader who chooses to lead by example and he has the respect of all his players. Sven ensures all players are at training, has supported teaching staff in coaching younger player and has been a fantastic captain. Unfortunately he sustained an injury during the penultimate weekend of fixtures and was unable to play at the ACAMIS tournament. It is testament to his influence that the boys insisted he should attend the finals.
Following an unbeaten season and lots of points scored, we entered ACAMIS confident of a good result. The boys played four group matches on the Friday, beating Dulwich College Shanghai, BISS Pudong, The French School Shanghai and Australian International School Hong Kong. Our points tally for the first day was 141 scored, 7 conceded. No rugby game is ever comfortable and respect must be paid to the opposition, we only beat a strong BISS Pudong team by 1 try and were losing early on against a well organised Dulwich team.
On the Saturday we were drawn to play Dulwich College again in the semi finals, the boys were well prepared and clearly ‘up for the game.’ This was probably their best performance of the season, scoring 7 tries without reply, an outstanding effort against a good side. So to the final and a match against the only other unbeaten team in the competition: Korea International School, Jeju. Due to the tournament seeding we had avoided each other so far.
The match was a very tight game with excellent defence from both teams on display. The boys managed to go into half time with a 7-0 lead following an excellent try which highlighted the boy’s development throughout the season. The boys played fantastically well in the second half and scored two more tries, one was converted to make it 17-0 at this stage. In the last play of the game JEJU scored a try following a piece of individual brilliance from their full back, to make it 17-7. The boys were understandably jubilant at the end of the game, this win being the reward for a season’s hard work.
It is not fair to pick out individuals following an outstanding team effort from all 25 players involved throughout the season, not just the 15 at ACAMIS, but mention must go to the Year 13 players who leave this year and it is now up to the remaining players to fill the gaps left by these boys. They have been a pleasure to coach and their work ethic is inspiring. Winning trophies is obviously a nice thing, however their development as players is the most pleasing aspect. I hope they continue to play rugby after they leave BISS Puxi.
- Coach, Jon Fudge