Tanglin Cup Tournament - U12s
Titans U12s come runners up in the Tanglin Shield Comp in our first major tournament.
Titans u12s had a great run out at the Tanglin Cup with a couple of great wins to see us through to the Shield final in our first major tournament.
In our first game against SK Stingers (from HK) we made a great start in the first couple of minutes through Azyzul scoring but then couldn't get back into our groove and lost 22-7 to a determined Stingers side with a couple of big lumps! Interestingly enough SK Stingers lost to Tanglin Red by more and beat by less showing we could have done better against them with our mojo up! Capt Max was Man of the Match for a tireless effort running all over the pitch and rallying the team as we fell behind.
Our 2nd game was against Sandy Bay (also from HK) and again we were off to a searing start with Felipe making a great break to score in the 1st minute. This time the team was on the form and against slightly weaker opposition the tries flowed with Matteo, Azy, Rian, Max and Felipe all crossing the try line. Titans won 38-0 and Felipe was Man of the Match for his excellent running, pace and 2 tries.
The 3rd game was predictably much tougher against Tanglin Black. Even then we started well and applied pressure early on only to be cut down by a succession of high tackles which broke our momentum and to be fair Tanglin went on to score a couple of well worked tries. The high tackling carried on and the ref eventually lost patience and awarded us a penalty try but the damage was done and Tanglin went on to score a couple more tries, this time with excellent passing. They won 25-7 and Azy was man of the match for his great support and aggression at the breakdown. This was my only disappointment of the weekend with the attitude of the Tanglin boys and Coaches and their approach to poor and dangerous play.
Sunday was however a much brighter start and after a good warm up we again started well against the Jakarta Komodo's only for them to bounce back and score a try. Game on and the play veered from side to side until Rian broke free to score a crucial try. Even then the Komodo's came back strongly and looked close to scoring a couple of times bar some excellent cover tackling. Felipe then broke to score our 3rd try and seal the game with a 17-7. Ben Grant and Jack were joint man of the match winners with a number of big runs into Komodo territory winning the possession and territory which allowed us to score.
We knew the final was going to be a much tougher affair against close rivals Dragons and despite a rousing warm up by Captain Max we were caught napping and were down 3 tries in the first 3 minutes. After that however it was all Titans and we were agonisingly close to their try lines a number of times only to be held out by staunch defence. At times superb rucking and tackling meant run after run which put the Dragons under all kinds of pressure. Great runs again from Jack, Ben, K, Azy and Declan all mounted pressure as did the tackling when Dragons threatened. To our credit he boys closed the game out when Felipe did score a great solo try towards the end but it was too late and we had to settle for 2nd place - still a great achievement in our 1st big tournament. Man of the Match was given to Rian for his round the park performance whilst Max took the overall acclaim for leading the boys so well throughout.