While much of India’s sporting public may have been more interested in 20/20 or F1……the real battles were taking place on the rugby field. India’s National 7s took place in Vasant Kunj in the flight path of the shiny new airport with the undercarriages of 747’s and A320’s keeping us company and adding to the glamour!
The boys put in a lot of hard work before the tournament commiting plenty of early mornings to the Maidan. We were drawn in a tough group with Maharastra State Police and home team Delhi Hurricanes. Game one saw the boys comfortably move past the Police boys, but in game two we took a bit of a drubbing against the Hurricanes – who had 5 national players in their team and had clearly been very focussed on this tournament. Day Two came round and we faced a crucial quarter final against the top Army outfit ‘Army Red’. And what a game, the Crows were really fired up and came out fighting, perhaps giving up more than 25kgs per man and certainly 3-4 inches in height but on Sunday morning it made no difference. 12-12 at full time the game went into sudden death extra time, hugely exciting for the crowd and the Crows….but just when we were nearest a bad knock on scrum half Arun’s knee left him hobbling and opened a gap in the defence which the Army went through to score, 17-12 the final score.
So into the plate and first up, Tamil Nadu Police. Two quick scores saw the Crows leading 14-0 but a try on the stroke of half time, saw the Police back into it. A very poor second half saw the Crows scrap home 14-12, but the injuries were mounting up and we now had just one reserve, but at least only a final to go. Bangalore RFC stood between the Jungle Crows and the Plate, but this time the boys were on top form, knowing this was a chance to show our best side as we had done against the Army. Final score 34-5….with Tiger scampering through for a hat-trick of tries. The Plate was ours!
2011 Champions, Delhi Hurricanes beat Army Red 26-12. The Hurricanes now have their own rugby pitch in Delhi, full time coaches and have imported a Head Coach and Development Manager from France……as their theme tune says….”there’s a Hurricane blowing through….”
Thanks to all our supporters, all your wishes and thoughts keep us going……Cheers….
Jungle Crows supported by
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