School Sports: ACS(I) thrash RI to win third consecutive A Division boys' rugby title

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) rugby player (left) scoring a try against Raffles Institution in the National Schools A Division Rugby Championship final.
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) rugby player (left) scoring a try against Raffles Institution in the National Schools A Division Rugby Championship final.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - Schools rugby powerhouses Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) secured their second title of the season, comfortably beating rivals Raffles Institution 36-3 in the A Division boys' rugby final at the Ministry of Education Physical Education & Sports Education Branch on a downcast Thursday afternoon.

Having already hammered RI 36-0 in the preliminary round, the boys from Dover Road never looked like losing their unbeaten record (eight wins after the final) throughout. Two tries from full-back Lim Shern, sandwiching one from winger Daniel Ho, gave ACS(I) a strong 19-0 lead under 25 minutes.

With RI unable to mount any serious threat on the firm ACS(I) line, flanker Jason Goh brought the oval ball over the line right before half-time, and the subsequent conversion by centre Alexander Seow meant ACS(I) went into the break 26-0 up.

The Rafflesians came out in the second half with renewed vigour and five minutes in, inside-centre Christopher Mak converted a penalty to give their cheering peers some hope.

Yet a quick-fire response by the boys in yellow and blue resulted in another try by Lim Shern, effectively killing off the tie at 31-3. After a scoreless 15 minutes, prop Bryan Foo put the icing on the cake with a try three minutes from time.

Having already won the B Division title last month, ACS(I) will be looking for their first grand slam since 2011 when the C Division boys start their season in July.