By REDintern Tay Jun Wen
PESEB, Monday, February 25, 2013 – Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) won their opening match of the National B Division Rugby Championship when they beat Raffles Institution (RI) 33-10.
In 2012, ACS(I) had lost 12-13 to RI in a dramatic semi-final. ACS(I) settled for third place, while RI eventually finished second when they were beaten 15-7 by St Andrew’s Secondary in the final.
For RI, it was their second loss in a row this year, after losing 20-0 to Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) last week.
A penalty kick by Park Chang Kyu (#13) gave RI an early 3-0 lead. Toshikazu Inoue (#12) of ACS(I) replied with an unconverted try to give his team a 5-3 lead.
RI could not stop ACS(I) from further scoring with Roy Woo (#10) scoring a penalty and Joshua Goh (#9) going over for a try, which Roy converted.
ACS(I) looked like they would take a 15-3 lead into the break but just before the half-time whistle, Tan Wei Han (#10) of RI scored a try that Chang Kyu followed up with a conversion. Heading into half time, RI trailed by five points (10-15).
It was all ACS(I) in the second half. Roy Woo scored two more penalties while Michael Yee (#21) bagged a try that Roy converted.
Leading by a comfortable 28-10, Michael Yee sold a dummy to break through the RI defence to allow ACS(I) to finish 33-10 victors.
Isaiah Teh, ACS(I) captain, said: “We definitely had a tough time against Wei Han (of RI). He was able to put our three backs under pressure. But ultimately, we were still able to gain more territory.”
Given that it was their first competitive B Division match, the ACS(I) boys were also getting used to playing with each other.
“It was the first time that we (Secondary 4s) were playing with them (Secondary 3s),” added Isaiah.
Isaiah also felt that the top four schools for the championship are St Andrew’s Secondary, St Joseph’s Institution, ACS(BR) and his own school.
ACS(I)’s originally scheduled first match was against ACS (Barker Rd) but it was postponed because of inclement weather. Subsequently, their second match against Damai Secondary got postponed too, because Damai could not field enough players on the day.
ACS(I) will play Pioneer Secondary next on Thursday, February 28th, at 4.30pm. Raffles Institution will face off against Montfort Secondary on Friday, March 1st, at 4.30pm. Both matches will be played at PESEB, Evans Road.
ACS(I) vs RI
1st Half: 15-10
2nd Half: 18-0 (33-10)
Samuel Koh An Pang (#1), Zachary Chio Wei Wen (#2), Alex Chia Yao Wei (#3), Gregory Ang Zhi Wei (#4), Daniel Chris Lee Zi Ern (#5), Kyler Wong Yi Ming (#6), Isaiah Teh Jia Jing (#7), Darrell Ou Wai Yan (#8), Joshua Goh (#9), Roy Woo Ming Eh (#10), Toshikazu Inoue (#12), Joseph Yek Yuxiang (#13), Ho Chia Chun Daniel (#14), Lee Jen En (#15), Zachary Tan Jun Rong (#16), Muhammad Haziq Fitri (#17), Nathan Chong Wen Long (#18), Michael Yee Jia Hong (#21), Alexander Seow Kai Liang (#22), Ethan Ho Teng Tang (#23), Joshua Lim Jun Yi (#25), Jason Goh Jien Feung (#27), Dan Yuet Yau (#28), Tjoa Han Tang (#29), Lucas Tay Yi En (#30)
We asked for the players list, but did not receive the names. If you know the names of the players and their jersey numbers, please leave a comment and we’ll update the post. Thanks.