Rugby: New National Stadium opens its doors as it hosts the World Club 10s

The new National Stadium opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, June 21, 2014, when it played host to the inaugural rugby World Club 10s tournament. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
The new National Stadium opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, June 21, 2014, when it played host to the inaugural rugby World Club 10s tournament. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The new National Stadium opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday when it played host to the inaugural rugby World Club 10s tournament.

In the first round of matches, involving eight teams split into two pools, New Zealand outfit The Blues and Australian side The Brumbies topped Pool A and Pool B respectively after winning all of their three matches.

Boasting 2011 Rugby World Cup winner Piri Weepu in their side, The Blues defeated Biarritz Olympique 47-7, Samoa Water President 10 19-17 and London Welsh 27-7, while The Brumbies, coached by retired Australian international Stephen Larkham, saw off Petraca Rugby 12-0, Asia Pacific Dragons 22-17 and Cardiff Blues 21-12.

Singapore rugby player Reiner Leong became the first local to score at the new stadium, as he scored one try each against The Brumbies and Petraca Rugby for the Dragons.