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                                                                   Aussie Bar Phuket International Rugby Tens 2022 

The Aussie Bar Phuket International Rugby 10's was oh so excited to be back. After two years in  the wilderness, rugby is now back up and running in most countries in the world and one thing  that the past has taught us, it’s how much we have missed our freedoms and, in particular, our  sports. With 21 teams from around the region flying into Phuket for the tournament, it brought some much-needed relief for a lot of business owners, as well as providing some spectacular  sporting action on the pitch. 

The excellent Thanyapura Sports Club was again the venue for the weekends event. With the  traditional Athena Siam Vets tournament kicking things off on Friday 13th May, it was a chance  to see rugby of a bygone era, being played out, in a spirit of camaraderie and fun. 

Even though their bodies might complain about the rigours of getting out of bed, never mind  running around on a rugby pitch, they still talk a good game, especially when those tonsils are  liberally lubricated. 

The One Foot In The Grave O45’s featured old favourites and long-time supporters of the  tournament The Asian Japanese Dragons, Arabian Gulf Legends and the Moorabbin Rams from  Australia. Once the group games were done and dusted, a depleted Rams side were out of it, and  the final between the AJD’s & Leg Ends saw the Leg Ends play some of their best rugby in  many a year, to take down the faster AJD’s and win the O45’s Cup 15-0 

The O35’s Athena Siam Coffin Dodgers tournament had 5 teams, the Old Bangkok Bangers, Old  Boys Rugby from Abu Dhabi, Phuket Viagrabonds, Singapore SCC Growlers and Singapore  XVG Rusties all chomping at the bit, to get involved. Vintage rugby was on display from all  quarters with, the Old Bangkok Bangers finishing top, by virtue of points difference over the  SCC Growlers, each having won three and drawn 1. XVG Rusties finished third, Viagrabonds  fourth and the Old Boys, propping up the ladder and dropping out of the tournament. 

Saturday saw the group stages of both the more serious Men's & Women’s tournaments. Group A was dominated by the Singapore SCC finishing top with an unblemished record.  Another Singapore club the Bucks Raptors were a close second, followed by the Bangkok  Southerners, Phuket Vagabonds and the youthful TSU Thaksin Uni side who played some  outstanding rugby over the weekend. 

Group B was again dominated by Singapore clubs, as the XVG Roosters, who won all their  games with the Bangkok Bangers Colts a close second. The surprise team of the tournament the  Chiang Mai Cobras finished a credible third to make the cup quarter finals. Singapore Bucks Bin  Juice and the Phnom Penh Rahus rounded out the bottom two.

In the women’s event a late cancelation by the Bucks women saw the pool shrink down to 3  teams. It didn’t however diminish the quality of rugby with big hits, slick handling and all-round  enthusiasm for the game. The more experienced Bangkok Bangers Belles took early control of  the group and never relinquished it, as they began to dominate the Bangers ReBelles and the KL  Tigers ladies’ side. 

Sunday is always the big day with all the knockouts and finals on offer, and it draws a large  crowd. Many old friendships and acquaintances were rekindled and new friendships begun. The Cup eliminator round saw the Phnom Penh Rahus bet Bucks Bin juice 14-0 and the home  favourites Phuket Vagabonds beat TSU Taksin Uni 24-0 to progress to the Cup quarter finals and  condemn Bin Juice and TSU to the Shield final. 

The Cup quarter finals were an exciting prospect with a number of teams in the mix for winning  the cup. One of the favourites, SCC Rugby beat the Rahus 24-7, Chiang Mai Cobras went down  21-7 to the Bucks Raptors. The Bangers and Southerners continued their historical rivalry with  the Bangers coming out on top 19-0. The surprise of the round was the 22-0 victory by the  Vagabonds over a much fancied XVG Roosters team. All the losers dropped into the Bowl semi  -finals with the winners moving towards Cup honours. 

The first of the semi-finals was in the Athena Siam Coffin Dodgers class of O35’s with the  Bangers edging past the Phuket Viagrabonds 17-10 and the SCC Growlers defeating the Rusties  19-7. A mouth-watering Cup final with the Old Bangkok Bangers taking on the Growlers and, the Viagrabonds against the XVG Rusties, in the Plate Final. 

The first Bowl semi-final saw the Chiang Mai Cobras play some of their best rugby of the  weekend to overcome the Phnom Penh Rahus 24-0 with the Southerners beating the Roosters 19- 7. Bowl Final, Chiang Mai Cobras V Southerners. 

Both Cup semi-finals as expected were close affairs with SCC Rugby taking the honours in the  Singapore derby against Bucks Raptors 12-0 and the all Thai match between the Bangers and  Vagabonds ending with the same score line in the Bangers favour. 

The two losers would play off for the Plate with an eagerly anticipated cup final between the  Bangkok Bangers Colts and the SCC Rugby to come. 

As happens every year, the Asia Center Foundation scholarship students, for whom the  tournament has raised funds for many years, did an outstanding performance based on Thai  culture and history to the delight of the massed crowd. 

The finals kicked off with the Open Shield final between Bucks Bin Juice and the TSU Taksin  Uni lads who played their hearts out but were heartbroken when the Bucks scored a late try to  give them a 19-10. Shield Winner, Bucks Bin Juice 

The Coffin Dodgers Plate final saw the Viagrabonds dominate a tiring XVG Rusties, who played  some outstanding rugby over the weekend and had the crowd on their feet, on numerous  occasions, 22-0 

The Cup final was a lot closer with both the Bangers and Growlers fighting for control. The  Bangers had some early dominance but SCC’s never say die attitude saw them come roaring  back in the second half. Some outstanding rugby by both teams made for an entertaining final  with the Bangers edging out the Growlers at the end 17-12.

In the Ladies final the Bangers Belles who were dominant the whole weekend took on the KL  Tigers who, though depleted through injury, came to fight. A close first half saw the Belles with  a slight advantage 10-7. The second half saw the Belles pull away to open up a 20-7 gap and  although the Tigers went in at the end, it wasn’t to be their day, with the Belles winning the  Ladies Cup 20-12. Ladies Cup Winners, Bangkok Bangers Belles 

The Men’s Open Bowl Final between the Cobras and Southerners was a classic tale of two  halves. The Cobras came out of the blocks quickest and opened up a 10-point lead which should  have been more except for some woeful kicking in front of the posts. The Southerners, recent  Pattaya 10’s champions, weren’t going anywhere and got right back into the game keeping the  Cobras on the backfoot. Only heroic defence from the Cobras kept the Southerners out but, with  minutes to go, the Southerners finally broke them down to score to bring it to 10-7. Although the  Southerners pounded the line they couldn’t get the score and an infringement at the breakdown  saw the Cobras win their first major trophy. 

The Phuket Vagabonds won the Plate final by virtue of a walkover when the Bucks Raptors,  ravaged with injuries forfeited the game. 

The Aussie Bar Phuket International Cup Final was everything a supporter could have asked for  with end to end attacks, massive hits, sneaky plays and offloads. The Bangers took an early 7-0  lead before the SCC lads came back and scored to make it 5-5. With the clock ticking down it  was all to play for and both teams were relentless in attack and defence. With extra time looming  and the ref looking at his watch, the SCC made the breakthrough, scoring under the posts to give  the Singapore SCC Rugby the win 12-5 and be crowned 2022 Champions.  

One Foot In The Grave O45’s Champions 

Dubai Leg Ends 

Men’s Athena Siam Coffin Dodgers O35’s Champions 

Old Bangkok Bangers 

Men’s Athena Siam Coffin Dodgers O35’s Plate Winners 

Phuket Viagrabonds 

Men’s Open Shield Winners 

Singapore Bucks Bin Juice 

Ladies Open Champions 

Bangers Belles


Men’s Open Bowl Winners 

Chiang Mai Cobras 

Men’s Open Plate Winners

Phuket Vagabonds 

Men’s Open Champions 

Singapore SCC Rugby 

Men’s O 45’s Player of the Tournament 

Tomonari Furukawa- Bangkok Asian Dragons 

Men’s Athena Siam Coffin Dodgers Player of the Tournament 

Darryn Mathee – Old Bangkok Bangers 

Men’s Open Player of the Tournament 

Robb Falls – Bangkok Bangers Colts


Ladies Player of the Tournament 

Jane Cathery – Bangkok Bangers Belles 

Jean Luc Joel was referee’s coordinator, and his team of officials kept order on the pitch and  created mayhem, off it! Big thanks to X-Treme Sports who sponsored the Referee’s kit. 

The Phuket 10’s continued their long association with the Asia Center Foundation who  celebrated their 20th anniversary this year. Funds were raised over the weekend for the ACF  scholarship program providing underprivileged children on the island the chance of a better  future. You can find out more by contacting Roelien Muller at or check  out the website at 

For more information on the rugby tournament check 

It was great to see long-time supporters of the Phuket Rugby 10’s out again in force, with the  Aussie Bar Phuket & Athena Siam continuing to support rugby on the island and the Phuket  News, as ever, giving first class coverage before, during and after the event. The Sheraton Four  Points Patong Beach Resort and World Flair were newcomers to the event and we welcomed their support. 

All the weekends action was live streamed by Jed Thian and his interception management  production crew. 

Medical Support was provided by the Bangkok Hospital Siriroj who did a wonderful job. 

The North Point Sheraton were a fantastic hotel partner as well as organising the food trucks that  kept everyone well fed with the delicious fare. 

Thank you for your support and see you all next year. 

24th Phuket International Rugby Tens 2023. 

9-11 June 2023

RBSC Men's and Women's Champions 2019
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