Write up by Pat Cotter: CLICK HERE for all the Lanna Rugby Tens League match reports of the day.
Chiang Mai University on a cool and cloudy Saturday afternoon was the venue for round four of the 2020 Lanna Rugby 10’s League. It was the first time this season that the games had been played on a pitch with posts and that would have a significant outcome during the days play.
Before the match got underway it was time for the unveiling of the new Rugby kit, which Sheryle’s Sports Bar and Restaurant had put the money forwards to Sponsor the team. Mike was down at the pitch and ready to see the Mighty Lions taken on TNSU. The new kit tops sported a triangular pattern, incorporating two new colours to the kit, a dazzling pink and solid black which was made by a local sports wear company Zasi Sport! The infamous Pickle Inc. company which hails from Chiang Mai even got their logo on the back of the shirt. The team, looking pretty dapper, it was time to take to the pitch and show TNSU what we are made of!
Lanna Rugby Club Vs TNSU CMI Rugby
Opart ‘O'(Prop), Dave (Prop, Captain), Paul (Hooker), Stanton (2nd Row), Brave (2nd Row), Bomber (Scrum Half), Brian (Fly Half), Stubley (Centre), Boom (Right Wing), Dtun ‘The Destroyer’ (Left Wing)
Fook, Dton, Jack
The second match of the day between TNSU Rugby and the Lanna Rugby Club turned out to be a contentious and at times bad tempered affair with the inexperienced TNSU team constantly infringing and at times acting more like football players than rugby players with their antics.
Despite all that the rugby that was played turned out to be hard, skillful and full of quality, with the Lanna Rugby Club stunning the younger, fitter and well organised TNSU team by racing away to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first period with excellent tries by Louis Stanton who, continues to impose himself in games with his rugby league background, and Thomas Stubley, an ever present thorn in all the teams’ sides this season. Both tries were converted by an ever impressive Brian Grieve to take the Lanna boys in at the break 14-0.
TNSU knew they had a fight on their hands and immediately hit back from the kick off with a breakaway try under the posts to cut the deficit to 7 points. It wasn’t long before they were level when a mix up in defense allowed the TNSU scrum half to dummy his way through the line to score that tied up the game.
As Lanna upped their game with some strong carries from props Opart & Brave and being driven on by Welsh scrum half Mark Harris, TNSU started to constantly infringe at the breakdown as they couldn’t contain the older and more experienced Lanna tight five which resulted in the first yellow card of the day. Although Lanna pushed hard for the line last gasp tackling prevented Lanna captian Dave McRitchie getting an all important score. Towards the end of the period Dtun finally managed to shake off his markers and dived over the line only to knock the ball on as he went in for the grounding.
A quick unconverted try by TNSU at the start of the final stanza gave the advantage back to them but their frustration continued to boil over and had visibly started to affect the Lanna side as well. A break down the wing was stopped by Dtun who slid up around the shoulders resulting in a high tackle. A TNSU player was then red carded after he kicked Dtun during a resulting altercation in a disgraceful unprovoked attack.
Lanna got back into the game and drove into the TNSU 22 but a turnover resulted in the TNSU wing receiving what looked like a forward pass which was waved on by the AR, to score under the posts. 26-14. Lanna were up against it but all the niggling and off the ball tit tat by TNSU had them fired up and Stanton made one of his trade mark breaks to carry over three would be tacklers to score under the posts with Grieve adding the extras. As the clock ticked down a Lanna try was disallowed by the AR for a slight knock on and the resulting scrum was the last play of the game. Instead of kicking the ball dead TNSU decided to run it out from their own line and ended up kicking deep into Lanna territory. Dtun gained possession and sidestepped the onrushing TNSU players to return with pace up the middle and link up with his forwards. They drove on from there with Paul Bolwell carrying into the 22 where Grieve took the ball to the line before slipping a fine inside ball to Stubley who went off on one of his meandering runs to the line to score. Grieve had the opportunity to convert what would be the kick to draw the game but the ball drifted wide and Lanna went down 26-24.
Final Score line: LRC 24– 26 TNS
2 Stubley, 2 Stanton
Man of the Match:
For his undying lust for victory in yesterday’s all or nothing match. He put in some huge hits and bulldozing runs. As well as his huge help in diplomacy to secure the last third be played.