ANOTHER TRIUMPH AT THE BANGKOK TENS
Arriving in Bangkok with limited resources and three days of drinking ahead of them would be daunting for some. This however is never the case for the hardy Viagrabonds who always rise to the occasion and again have returned to their island home with yet more silverware.
Great teams are always the sum of many parts and this Vagabonds team was no exception. Built on the concrete foundations of Peter Stubley and formed around the steel of Irish John and Richard Folds the core of the side was starting to look unbeatable (at least prior to kick off). However ecery great side needs a bit of 'Hollywood' and when that star attraction is Angus Kerr you know you are onto a winner. Fresh in from Khazakstan could have been fresh in from his personal trainer in malibu. Angus was 'cut' and there was no denying it. Women literally flocked to the Viagrabonds tent.
So onto the rugby, could the Viagrabonds remain unbeaten and take the big prize?
The first game was against the Thai Legends and it started strangely. Sybil, making his first ever Viagrabonds appearance kicked off and broke his toe in the process. his pace around the paddock would be missed however, a 5 metre scrum ended up with a blind side move and Rob Brewer sent the scoring pass to Ahmed Fawzi to score in the corner. The Thai Legends levelled just before the half and clinched the game 12-5 with a score midway through the second half. Defeat was a set back, but Angus' hair hadn't been disturbed during the game and things looked good as they went into the second game against The Gymkhana Club from Sri Lanka.....
....but they weren't. The Sri Lankans were fitter and faster and ran out 19-0 winners, although a tactic change by the Viagrabonds saw them giving an improved second half performance. the third game was against the Saigon Dirty Geckos. By this time the previous nights excesses were proving costly and the Geckos ran out winners by 26-0. There was nothing to do other than lick wounds and head off to the pub, and that's exactly what the Vagabonds did.
Next day started with some team changes, the arrival of Ian Dacre being one, and a semi final in the Veterans Bowl against the Southerners Sports Club Old Boys. In what was the most physical game of the weekend the Viagrabonds started on fire. with Richard Folds leading from the front the Viagrabonds scored first with an excellent passage of play resulting in a try under the posts for Irish John. However this was akin to sticking your finger into a hornets nest and it was one way traffic from then on with The Southerners John Perry leading from the front.
This meant that the Viagrabonds ended up in the Shield final to play against the other bottom club the Thai Legends. Was revenge on the cards? Or would the lads wilt under the sun.
In what turned out to be one of the best games of the Vets division the Viagrabonds were outstanding in defense with Kiwis David Adamson & Graeme Spence leading from the front. A great try saving tackle in the final moments of the 1st half by Pat Cotter kept the score level nil all at the break.
The second half saw the more experienced pack of the Viagrabonds gain the upper hand and after sustainable pressure a last minute break down the left by Prop Peter Stubely saw him held up 5 metres out, but great support play by Ian Dacre saw him retain the ball and dive over for what turned out to be the winning try. The conversion by scrum Half Robert Brewer skimmed the post and missed.
The Viagrabonds had won 5-0.
So having lost every game during the weekend the lads won the one that mattered most & return to Phuket Shield Champions.