Jakarta Banteng menang Kejurnas rugby 7s pertama di Bali rugby fest!

Dear all,

dengan penuh suka cita dan rasa bangga, kami persembahkan piala kejurnas rugby 7s pertama di indonesia yang diadakan di bali pada tanggal 9-10 Oktober kemarin.

maaf belum sempat bikin laporan lengkapnya, namun untuk sementara akan di post laporan dari president bali rugby union di bawah ini:

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2010 XP Bali Rugby Fest 9-10 October 2010 Report

Taken from Bali Rugby Union president’s email:

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The weekend of October 9th and 10th saw over 500 rugby players and supporters descend on the island of Bali for the 16th annual XP Xclusive Property Bali Rugby Fest. This year’s tournament consisted of 3 divisions: Open Men’s 10’s, Open Women’s 7’s and for the first time, the Indonesian 7’s National Championships.

Held at the picturesque Canggu Club, Bali, play started at 8am sharp on Day 1 with 26 teams from New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia competing in a total of 39 games running through till nearly 8pm. The hot conditions were matched with skillful play on the field. Not even an untimely monsoonal downpour in the early afternoon could dampen the atmosphere that was building as play progressed through to the evening.

At the completion of the first days play, the pre tournament favorites were holding true to form. Finishing top of their respective pools in the Open Men’s 10’s were the Australian side, Nedlands, and NZ’s High School Old Boys. Though the composite side of the Naga Bush Turkeyz along with the Jakarta Komodos would make sure the two top qualifiers didn’t have things all their own way. The two Darwin sides, the Indigenous Bunnies and Southern Bunnies, were caught in a logjam at the top of the Women’s 7’s division together with Singapore’s Institute of Management. In the Indonesian 7’s the front-runners for Sunday’s final looked to be the Jakarta Bantengs and the Koteka’s from Papua, but the Sengatta Hornbills were not too far off the pace and an upset was a distinct possibility.

Sunday saw Day 2 of the tournament commence in near perfect weather, with round 4 of the Women’s kicking things off before moving into the quarter final rounds. There was to be no repeat of the rain from Saturday and by time the afternoon rolled around a large and vocal crowd had gathered to enjoy the finals.

In the Indonesian Women’s 7’s, the Bali Barbarians, consisting of ladies from Bandung, Jakarta and Bali went up against the Menaga women’s side from Tamika. It was truly great to see the Indonesian women enjoy themselves in a great spectacle with Bali getting up 15-0 and in the process, wining the inaugural PRUI Women’s National 7’s title. Next up was the Indonesian Men’s Plate final where a physical Sengatta team proved too strong for the local Bali development side winning by 3 tries to Bali’s 1. The Open Men’s Bowl final was contested by the Naga Dragons from Sumbawa who won out in a tight one against the Jakarta based French expat side, Jago Dulu, 7-5 much to the delight of the large group of Naga supporters and cheerleaders.

The Open Men’s Plate was a cracker with perennial rivals the Jakarta Komodos renewing old acquaintances with the home team, the Bali Chili’s. An arm wrestle if ever there was one, at the end of regular play there was nothing separating the two sides with the score tied up at 7-7. The first 4 minutes of extra time couldn’t produce a result but from the kick off for the second period of extra time, the Chili’s forced a turnover, rumbled the ball up the centre for two phases then passed it back to Izzy Kadir to knock the drop goal over from 35 meters out. The home fans went crazy as the Chili’s had finally beaten their big city rivals for the first time in 2 years.

The Open Women’s final saw Australian side, the Darwin Indigenous Bunnies, take on SIM (Singapore Institute of Management). The Indigenous Bunnies had skill and size and this combination proved to be too much for the smaller Singaporeans, who, despite playing with a lot of heart and intensity, were unable to overcome the odds. Final score 19-5 to the Darwin Indigenous Bunnies. Tournament MVP, Bo Delacruz, was outstanding in all facets of play and even showed the men up slotting conversions from the sidelines on several occasions.

The PRUI Indonesian Men’s National 7’s final was another nail bitter and the standard of play on show was indicative of just how far Indonesian rugby has progressed in the past 5 years. The Kotekas power game was personified by Rhino front rower Nico Joku, who’s ball carrying produced meters on every charge. In the past, the Papuans have had the speed out wide, but this year it was the Bantengs who had the edge on the flanks with a speedy set of outside backs looking dangerous with ball in hand. As with the Open Plate final, extra time was required and this time Michael Bavin was the hero when he crashed over to score the winning try for a memorable 24-19 victory. MVP for the division was Banteng forward Daniel Rahadian Nugroho. The award capped off a memorable year for Nugroho who was also voted Indonesia’s player of the tournament at this year IRB A5N tournament held in Jakarta.

The penultimate game, the XP Xclusive Property Open Men’s 10’s Cup final, was to be a battle royal between the Nedland Rugby Club of Perth, Australia, and Canterbury, New Zealand’s High School Old Boys (HSOB). Playing extended 10 minute halves, the level on display was worthy of a major final with both sides putting their bodies on the line for the trophy and bragging rights. Nedland drew first blood with an unconverted try to take a 5 point lead. HSOB had several chances, but were unable to turn pressure into points. Nedland pulled further ahead to extend their lead to 12 and time was fast running out for the Kiwi team. A late consolation try to HSOB was converted but when the whistle blew it was the Australian’s that emerged victors by 12-7. Open’s MVP went to HSOB’s Nick Muir who had a strong tournament but was unable to influence the final result.

Trophy presentation was followed by the presentation dinner, enjoyment of Heineken’s fine product, beats from DJ Flic and a massive after party at Eikon nightclub in Kuta. All in all another great tournament played in the true spirit that is Rugby Union.

On behalf of the Bali Rugby Club I would like to thank the tournaments major sponsor, Mr Neil Power of XP Xclusive Properties. I would also like to thank the Canggu Club, SOS International, Heineken, Karma Resorts and Scott Staniforth, Coca-Cola, Villa 8 Bali, Bali Construction Services, PT GDR and PT Wangsa.

Special thanks to Jean Luc from Singapore for organizing the weekend’s Referee’s from Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and NT, Australia. A special mention to local Referee, Fikri Al- Azhar, who refereed in his first major tournament.

Finally, I would like to thank the BRU committee for all the hard work and support:

Greg Hinchliffe
Faiz & Kurt Lovell
Georgina Barnett
Dave Thomas
Michael Serong
Mark Parthezius
Denim McHardy

Yours in Rugby,

Nick Mesritz
President
Bali Rugby Union