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Rugby: Borneo Eagles soar to SCC Sevens success in Singapore

Borneo Eagles (in white) held on for a 33-26 victory over Tradition YCAC. Photos: Singapore Cricket Club.

Borneo Eagles (in white) held on for a 33-26 victory over Tradition YCAC. Photos: Singapore Cricket Club.

November 2, 2014: Borneo Eagles lifted the Ablitt Cup for the first time after holding on for a 33-26 victory over Tradition YCAC in the final of the 67th Societe Generale SCC International Sevens at the historic Padang.


The Eagles seemed to be cruising against YCAC (Yokohama Country and Athletic Club) as they built up 28-7 lead at half-time. However, YCAC – dominated by New Zealand-based stars – mounted a rousing comeback in the second half, coming within one converted try of tying the game.


Eagles captain Ed Cocker, a former New Zealand Sevens captain, said: “The boys put lots of heart into the matches. Coming into the tournament, all we wanted to do was get through the first two days. Now that we’ve won the cup, we’re definitely looking forward to coming back and playing to win this tournament again.”


Kane Hancy has captained YCAC in the last two editions of the GFI HKFC Tens in Hong Kong, leading them to the final in March this year, and the playmaker came close to steering the side to success in Singapore.


Borneo Eagles (white) won the Ablitt Cup for the first time, while Tradition YCAC were making their event debut.

Borneo Eagles (white) won the Ablitt Cup for the first time.

“Borneo gave it to us and in that first five minutes they ran away with those three tries and we had to come back from there,” Hancy said. “My boys showed a lot of heart to come back and nearly clinch a draw, but it was unfortunate in the end.”


In earlier finals, the Swedish Vikings overcame a spirited NS Silverbacks from Australia 19-0 to win the Plate. In the Bowl final, tournament hosts SCC lost 15-5 to the Casuarina Cougars from Australia. First-time participants Grenoble University of France beat the Singapore Barbarians 21-5 in the Jug.


Societe Generale was announced as a two-year title sponsor prior to the event and will also support the SCC rugby section as well as the development of the sport in Singapore.


“We are extremely elated to partner the Singapore Cricket Club this time around for their 67th edition of the tournament,” said Pascal Lambert, Societe Generale Group Country Head for Singapore and Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, Southeast Asia.


“The event was a rocking success, as we witnessed some of the best rugby teams from across the world battle it out here in Singapore. We definitely look forward to continue supporting rugby at all levels here in Singapore.”


Anglo Chinese School (Independent) defeated Australian International School 24-10 to retain the Under-14 Championship in the Schools and Colleges competition. In the Under-16 category, Tanglin Trust School upset defending champions Anglo Chinese (Independent) by a score of 10-7 to capture the title. United World College topped Tanglin Trust School 19-5 to emerge victorious in the Under-19 competition.


Source: SCC Sevens (www.sccrugbysevens); Editing by SportAsia

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