A MATCH OF FIRSTS…

Lanna Rugby Club

Write up by Pat CotterCLICK 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!

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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)

Subs:
Fook, Dton, Jack

Referee:
Pat Cotter

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

TRIES: 4
2 Stubley, 2 Stanton
CONVERSIONS:
2 Brian

LANNA RUGBY CLUB

Man of the Match:

Big O

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.

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FUN AND LAUGHTER IN THE MUD!

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Written by Pat Cotter
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As this weekend was a rest day from the 2020 rugby season it gave the Lanna Lions the opportunity to run another youth development session with 22 kids of all age groups attending. A large group of boys and girls came from the House of Hope Foundation and some fanatical rugby parents also brought along their off spring for a thoroughly entertaining session run by Lions founders Tom Stubley & Dave McRitchie.

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The Sankhampeng Kanta Anusorn School, which was this week confirmed as the new home of the Lions and the venue for the rest of the Lanna 10’s Rugby League season, was the host for the afternoon’s entertainment. With none of the kids having any rugby experience it was right back to basics with catch and pass drills to get things underway.

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After the heavy monsoon rains this week the pitch was very wet and muddy, which only added to the fun because as we all know, kids love to wallow in the mud! After the introduction to the strange shaped rugby ball the kids were split up into two groups and some relay drills were conducted to bring a spirit of competitiveness to proceedings.

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Standing on the sidelines Richard Tierney a passionate Leinster RFC supporter said “As a child and for most of my life before my knees gave in, I played rugby and loved it”
“It had been our intention to get Kevin involved and to learn rugby in Thailand but unfortunately, with the Lions based in Lamphun it didn’t work for our family.”

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By now the kids had been slipping, sliding, getting soaked and covered in mud and they were in bliss and the laughter was ringing around the ground. It’s so rewarding to see children interacting and the spontaneous hilarity brings a glow to the heart. At the end of those drills there was time for a quick water break before they were split up into four teams for their introduction to touch rugby.

What ensued was a free for all but there were some good skills already coming through and some of the boys and girls were showing that there is talent there that will undoubtedly be nurtured as the development program progresses. With sponsorship and hard work it’s hoped to have plenty of Lions cubs team’s in the future to help the growth of rugby in the region, as well as developing life and social skills and a channel to funnel the youthful frustrations of growing up.

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“Getting word that the Lions had moved to Chiang Mai was a godsend, a blessing” Richard continued, “Kevin and his pal Anwar had a great day, Tom is a wonderful teacher, the session was full on, no time for standing around”

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Khun Anne from the House of Hope Foundation was happily surprised how easily they took to an unfamiliar sport and the fun that they had. Enjoyment, laughter, and competitiveness is an addictive mix.

Dave and Tom did a great job putting the kids through their paces and will be looking to expand their group of volunteer coaches as the program grows.

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Richard had the last word saying “Every member of the Lions made them feel welcome and a part of the group. Kevin can’t wait to play his first game, so much so, I have had to cancel my golf on Saturday to take him to watch the Lions in action at the upcoming TRU Chiang Mai 7s tournament”. “When we got home Kevin and his pal went running, passing his rugbyball and spent the evening watching rugby on YouTube”

“Thank you Lions for you have lit up the heart of my 12 year old son”

And that right there ladies and gentlemen is what makes it all worth while!

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LIONS DIG DEEP

Lanna Rugby Club

Write up by Pat CotterCLICK HERE for all the Lanna Rugby Tens League match reports of the day.

 

Hot and humid conditions welcomed the teams for the third round of the 2020 Chiang Mai Lanna 10s League held at the Sankhampeng Kanta Anusorn School on Saturday 26th September. After all the monsoon rain we have had lately the pitch was in top condition as Payap & the Lions gathered for the kick off of the days first game.

CMU Rugby Club Vs Lanna Rugby Club

Stanton (Prop) , Dave (Prop, Captain),  Paul (Prop), Opart ‘O'(2nd Row), Brave (2nd Row), Bomber (Scrum Half), Brian (Fly Half), Stubley (Centre),  Michael  (Right Wing), Dtun ‘The Destroyer’ (Left Wing)

Subs:
Phil, Fook

Referee:
Khun Rushpon Ekdamrong

Once again TRU referee Khun Rushpon Ekdamrong who has quickly earned the respect of all the players with his no nonsense approach to the game was on the end of the whistle and, Payap Rugby Club winning the toss, elected to kick off.

Recently returned from injury Payap half Bordin Chairat (Dine) kicked deep into the Lions half where the ball was gathered by Lions Prop Opart who returned strongly running into the heart of the onrushing Payap forwards. The ball was recycled quickly to scrum half Mark Harris who fed fly half Brian Grieve who, seeing Tom Stubley lurking on his shoulder, gave out a quick pass to see Stubley make early inroads into the Payap defense. Powerful carrying by props Brave and Dave McRichie put pressure on the Payap defensive line and another strong lunge at the Payap backs by Stubley resulted in a penalty when Payap went over the top at the breakdown. Grieve who was beginning to impose more as the game went on, sent the resulting penalty deep into the Payap 22 for a line out. The resulting throw was claimed by Stanton who passed off the top to hooker Paul Bolwell on the wrap around who straightened play with a powerful drive up the middle.

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Prop Opart received the ball from the breakdown to set up play on the Payap 22 before Harris got Grieve on the front foot who charged to the line breaking a couple of tackles before being hauled down illegally and gaining the Lions an attacking penalty. Lions captain McRichie immediately calling for the scrum. Receiving the ball from Harris, Grieve attacked the backline, drew in two defenders and created an overlap for Dtun to canter down the line for the first score of the day.

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Having been on the backfoot since the kick off Payap knew they had to respond and on regaining the dropout drove towards the 22 only for influential prop Thanapol Kaewmanee (James) to be bundled into touch and picking up a shoulder injury which ruled him out for the rest of the match. From the Lions defensive lineout Grieve was smashed in the tackle and the resulting turnover saw Payap move the ball through their backs who set up a ruck 10 meters out where Rowan Carroll picked up and went over the line for his first try for the club.

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The game was being played at a frantic pace and both teams were feeling the heat. From the kick off Payap again regained possession and drove into the lions half only to knock the ball on where Dtun gathered the loose ball and went off on one of his jinking runs which looked like producing another score only to be hauled down 10 meters out by Thawiwat Khakhai (Palm) with a brilliant covering tackle. Stanton in support got the ball from the breakdown and went over unopposed to make it 2 – 1. Despite the setback Payap were growing in confidence and their chase from the kick offs was causing the Lions all sorts of problems and Stanton knocked on into touch after after being hit hard by Carroll and Chaipipath Na Chiang Mai ( Robert ) who was having tremendous game. From the scrum Palm fed out to Pepper who with direct running carved open the Lions defense to send Deeprom Foofong clear to score. Both sides were happy to hear the whistle for the break 2-2.

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At the restart the Lions’ experience began to tell and with the introduction of Kiwi Phil Gwyther they began to dominate proceedings with Grieve, who was a thorn in the Payap defense, constantly probing for openings. A turnover from a promising Payap attack by Bordine (Dine) and Thanapat Pattanapo (Pee Tor) deep into Lions territory saw Stubley crash through the defense from the resulting scrum and gallop towards the line only to be hauled down short where a Payap knock on at the breakdown gave the Lions a 5 metre scrum. Grieve at scrum half passed to a charging Stubley who pounded over for the Lions third. A couple of minutes later Stubley was on the board again charging out of his own 22 to go the length of the field for his second and lions fourth. Coming to the break Tom Stubley was on fire and should have had his hattrick after great support play by Phil Gwyther and Dtun, only to be denied when the AR adjudged he had touched the chalk when going over in the corner.

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The final session got underway with Payap feeling the pressure and upping their game to try and salvage something from the match. The Lions, visibly wilting with the heat and humidity, were given more breathing space when a Payap dropped ball in the Lions half allowed Dtun to gather and hare off for his second and the Lions fifth of the day. This Payap side however never give up and hit back immediately when Scrum Half Thawiwat Khakhai (Palm) went down the blindside from a scrum before side stepping Dtun to race in for Payap’s third. With the clock ticking down direct running from Pepper opened up the Lions again with Thanapat Pattanapo (Pee Tor) freeing up Nattarath Limp to go in for Payaps bonus point try. Time had run out however for Payap and referee Rushpon brought the match to an end.

 

Maximum points for the Lions who sit atop of the table going into the 2 week break. Payap did themselves proud and picked up two bonus points and but for a couple of mistakes that led to Lions scores could have produced an upset.

Final Score line: PAY 20– 25 LRC

TRIES: 5   CONVERSIONS: N/A

Dtun 2, Stubley 2, Stanton 1

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Man of the Match:

Brian

No matter how incapacitated he was, without fail he was at every break down, and set some pretty tidy moves up! Great effort Brian!

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RUGBY, RAIN AND PLENTY OF TRIES

Lanna Rugby Club Vs CMU

Write up by Pat CotterCLICK HERE for all the Lanna Rugby Tens League match reports of the day.

 

In the second round of the 2020 Chiang Mai Lanna rugby 10s league the Chiang Mai Sports school in San Pa Tong was the venue for this weeks encounters.

CMU Rugby Club Vs Lanna Rugby Club

Stanton (Prop) , Dave (Prop, Captain),  Paul (Prop), Opart ‘O'(2nd Row), Brave (2nd Row), Bomber (Scrum Half), Brian (Fly Half), Dan (Centre),  Michael  (Right Wing), Dtun ‘The Destroyer’ (Left Wing)

Subs:
Tom, Cam, Mikey

Referee:
Kit

In the second of the days games CMU Rugby, who looked a solid unit in their last outing took on the Lanna Lions in an early season top of the table clash. The Lions had lost a couple of players due to injury and welcomed The Singapore Bucks RFC veteran scrumhalf Mark “Bomber” Harris to the ranks on his Lions return.

Lanna Rugby Club Vs CMU

Persistent rain was falling by the time the Lions kicked off with the CMU team immediately testing the Lions defense moving the ball along the backline and trying to find holes in the older lions’ teams’ armour. Last weeks man of the Match Dan Isherwood going in for a tackle twisted his leg and suffered a hamstring injury which was a big blow to the Lions. The Lions might be a bit older but experience counts for a lot in rugby and CMU found no way through in the early exchanges and a crunching tackle by Stanton resulted in the ball being turned over by Brian Grieve who fed the ball to “Bomber” Harris who put star winger Dtun away in space to race away for the first try of the game.

If the Lions thought that they were going to have it all their own way CMU had different ideas and they kept probing away and eventually found the gap they had been looking for with a breakout from their own 22 which resulted in Kaopod going over in the far corner. One all and all to play for. The following kick off was gathered by Paul Bolwell, who continues to roll back the years, and charged up to over half way to set up possession in the CMU territory from which the Lions gained a penalty. CMU held firm though until the ref blew the whistle for a well earned break.

The next session started off at a frantic pace and CMU took the lead when Frank broke through some weak tackling and powered over to score. The Lions were stung into action when a powerful return by Tom Stubley, on one of his rollicking runs, supported by Louis Stanton saw them surge into the CMU 22. From the resulting breakdown Michael Foehn fed the ball to the right out to back Cam Ewart who found prop Opart supporting on his shoulder who barreled over in the corner to bring the scores level. The rest of the half was dominated by solid defense from both sides and they went in level at the break two all.

Lanna Rugby Club Vs CMU

The start of the last stanza was the beginning of some bizarre but quality rugby when from the kick off the attempted clearance from CMU was charged down by Dtun who toed ahead to score his second of the match. From the resulting restart the exact same scenario unfolded this time with Cam Ewarts charging down the clearing kick, toeing ahead and scoring. Two tries in a minute made it 4-2 and the Lions in total control. The bizarre however was still in play as the Lions were caught napping in the CMU half when a quick line out was taken and whilst the Lions looked around in bewilderment Kaopod strolled through for his second and what will be one of his easiest tries. 4-3. From the restart the ball wasn’t claimed by the Lions and was allowed to bounce before being gathered by the resurgent CMU pack who broke through some resolute but ineffective tackling for Frank to score his second and level up the game.

Lanna Rugby Club Vs CMU

As the clock was winding down it looked for all money that it would end in a draw when a break up the middle by skipper and birthday boy Dave McRichie resulted in a penalty just inside the CMU half. Dave immediately called for the scrum and being told it was the last play of the game opted for one final throw of the dice and moved Stanton into the centre from the pack. At the base of the scrum Harris fed Michael Cresswell who popped the ball to Stanton on the charge who used all his bulk and pace to smash through 3 tackles and race away the 40 metres to score the winning try. Final score Lions 25 CMU 20.

Final Score line: CMU 20– 25 LRC

TRIES: 5   CONVERSIONS: N/A

Dtun 2, Cam 1, Opart 1, Stanton 1

Lanna Rugby Club Vs CMU

Man of the Match:

Dtun

A Sterling performance from one of Lanna Rugby Clubs rising stars. Made a few try saving tackles as well as scoring a couple of epic tries!

 

 

LONG LIVE LANNA RUGBY TENS LEAGUE

Now the stress of the Corona virus is all but a memory, almost, the coaches of three superior teams met in the centre of Chiang Mai, Payap Rugby Club, CM IPE and of course, Lanna Rugby Club.

After the coaches had got a coffee in and settled down, they went at it hammer and tong to create the second season of the Lanna Rugby Tens League. There was a fair bit of umming and ahhing, however, in the end the coaches settled on the second season to go as follows:

 

RULES

  1.   Each match will play 3 x 10 minutes.
  2.   One match shall be played per fixture.
  3. The home side will arrange a referee.
  4. The matches are played at the home side pitch.
  5. Each team provides their own water.
  6. Every team has a 5 substitute maximum per game.
  7. Before a match, both teams must provide a team sheet showing player names and numbers.
  8. If a player is sent off, they shall miss the following match.Lanna Rugby Tens League 2020-21