The tournament consisted of three teams: the Tamoko Lions from Singapore, Operation Breakthrough from Hong Kong and the Phuket Lomas from Thailand.
The Lomas narrowly lost out for a place in the final, the team leaders hailed the tournament as a fantastic opportunity for the players to play impressive rugby at a high level, make new friends and see a foreign land for the same time.
Lomas coaches Darryn Mathee (Sports Development officer for Asia Center Foundation) Ken and Phanom Samoh said the were very impressed with the Lomas performances and the way they played on the field - as well as how they conducted themselves off the field. & carried themselves off it. This is only the beginning of something amazing mentioned
The tournament day started off with a few stop and starts due to lighting and thunder, but eventually the matches began with the Phuket Lomas taking on the Tamoko Lions.
The Lomas had a rough start, going down by two tries in the first ten minutes and ending the first half 10-0 with the Lions in the lead.
The Lomas had just had a wake-up call and had to shake off the dust, and the second half began with a great try from hooker Mac in the first couple of minutes.
But thereafter the Lomas controlled 80 percent of possession but could not break the defence to score another.
The game ended 10-5 to The Lions.
The Lomas were more than ready for their second game against Operation Breakthrough.
Once again we went down by two tries early in the first half, but a 60 meter run from Lomas winger Lek yeilded a try just before the end of the first half, with the teams going into the break 10-5 to Operation.
The second half began and the Lomas were still on fire, with our center Dew getting the ball from the kick-off and scoring a try under the poles, which our fly-half Moet converted with ease to give the Lomas the lead 12-10.
With five minutes remaining, the Lomas scored another try in the corner from a powerful maul to get a lead of 17-10.
But that lead didn’t last long when the Lomas missed some tackles in the dying seconds, and Operation scored under the poles to level the game 17-17 as the final whistle blew.
That draw meant Operation Breakthrough and Tamoko Lions would face each other in the final, which the Tamoko Lions won.
At the awards ceremony the Lomas’ scrum half/wing Sombart Phoemhiran received a well-deserved trophy for the player of the tournament.
Planning for the 2014 tournament in Singapore is already underway – the sponsors of this year’s tournament, Westpac, have now committed to sponsoring the event next year.