Primary Rugby Victorious!

School News November 19, 2017
Primary Rugby Victorious!

On a sunny but chilly day in Shanghai this past weekend, the WAIS Primary School rugby teams took part in the Shanghai Youth Rugby Tournament at SCSC (Shanghai Community Sports Club).

WAIS sent two teams– an under 11 contact team and an U9 tag rugby team. A later start than usual ensured the boys were all well rested and eager to play and put into practice what they had been training for through since the start of term.

The Under 11s first took on the Japanese Seahorse team, a team that historically we have always struggled against. A superb performance from the boys where we dominated every aspect, from ball carrying, to mauling, to rucking to tackling, ensured we came away with a convincing victory.

Final Score: WAIS 30-15 Seahorses (Tries: C. Rensburg (2), K. Liu (2), K. Tamati, S. Zhou)

The second match was against the Shanghai Hairy Crabs – this was another game where the boys were able to show their physical dominance and came away with another win –what was particularly impressive was the boys reaction to the other team during the match. The opposition became more and more agitated, but the boys did not react and continued playing hard and kept scoring tries and making tackles!

Final Score: WAIS 30-10 Shanghai Hairy Crabs (Tries: C. Rensburg (2), S. Zhou (2), K. Liu, K.Tamati)

The final match versus the Shanghai Bandits was a tense affair, and going into half time, the game was tied at one try each (5-5) – however in the second half, one or two of the boys particularly showed a new side to their rugby skills, running over the opposition to score three fantastic tries. 

Final Score: WAIS 20-10 Shanghai Bandits (Tries: R. Ma (2), K. Liu (2))

An absolutely incredible performance and our first undefeated matchday as a team – well done everyone involved!

Our Under 9s tag rugby team took on a mixture of expat and local primary school teams in tag rugby – a less physical version of the contact sport our pupils play in Grade 4and Grade 5. Some fantastic displays of running, speed and skill, in particular from M. Zhang, K. Dewaele, E. Zhu, J. Cao and L. Xie, meant that the U9s came away with two wins from their four games, and considering most of the boys had not played rugby until September, this was another very impressive performance.

Both our U9s and U11s came away with trophies from the day, and R. Ma from our Under 11s team was voted best player of the tournament. Congratulations!

This is a further example of our younger pupils in the school developing not only their physical fitness, but their teamwork, discipline and social skills. Well done boys!