Rugby: ACS(I) and RI to contest U-14 final at Hub

The National Stadium pitch undergoing works in preparation for the Singapore leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in April 2016.
The National Stadium pitch undergoing works in preparation for the Singapore leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in April 2016.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

The National Stadium is a new setting for the Schools Sevens Under-14 final - but the match will be contested by two old foes.

After playing three qualifying tournaments and overcoming 10 other schools, traditional rugby powerhouses Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Raffles Institution will battle it out for honours on April 17.

The two schools earned their places in the final after competing in a three-legged series on March 12, March 19 and last Saturday.

ACS(I) will be the heavy favourites after qualifying for the final with a maximum 30 points after winning all three legs. RI did not compete in the first leg but reached the two other series finals. They lost to ACS(I) two days ago (12-17) as well as on March 19 (12-19).

The Rafflesians had tied ACS (Barker Road) on 16 points after Saturday's loss, but booked their spot at the National Stadium by virtue of a better point difference.

Despite losing two finals to the same opponents, RI's rugby teacher-in-charge Romi Musa said: "We will be well prepared come April 17. The great thing about this format is the all-important championship final at the National Stadium.

"ACS(I) won all three legs of the series, but they haven't won any silverware yet."

With his team drawing confidence from their perfect record in qualifying, ACS(I)'s sevens coach Jeffrey Tay said: "The boys are excited to be in the final, and are motivated to achieve what we targeted from the start."

The final will take place after the quarter-finals of the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2016, with the headline 'ACS(I) and RI to contest U-14 final at Hub'. Print Edition | Subscribe