KL Saracens Young Guns in action in the touch rugby tournament
KL Saracens turned out in force at the Highland Games on Saturday 23rd February 2019, hosted once again by the St. Andrew’s Society at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian Centre. The club fielded teams through the age groups from U6-U8 plus U18 Girls in the touch rugby category and from U9-U16 in the contact rugby category (the U14 squad also having a team entered at the TMS 10s). It was a blistering hot day, and with limited shade available it was a challenge for the players to cool down between games, but the army of parents and supporters had brought plenty of refreshments to ensure that the players remained properly hydrated and energised throughout the day.
The KL Saracens U10 squad and some of their enthusiastic coaching team!
The KL Saracens teams were competitive throughout the age groups, emerging as Plate winners at U6, U8 and U10 and Cup runners-up at U12 & U13 (both finals being decided by a single score margin), but credit goes to all of the teams for the excellent manner in which they behaved both on and off the field, truly living the Saracens values.
One of the Games’ “heavies” showing how to toss the caber!
Both the 1st XV and Academy also had fixtures over the weekend, the 1st XV losing the second of their IIUM Hexangular league fixtures against hosts IIUM Mustangs 26-5 in a game that was both encouraging and frustrating at the same time. Saracens patiently built field position and pressure throughout the game without being able to turn the pressure into points and on three occasions Mustangs were able to score through counter-attacks from within their 22. Some tough lessons in converting pressure into points and the importance of ball retention in attack, but plenty to work on ahead of next week’s fixture against Stallions.
Maenwhile, on Sunday the Academy team also suffered another defeat, this time by 40-5 at the hands of the Bangi Hunters. This brings to and end the first batch of early year fixtures for the Academy and the squad will spend the next couple of weeks reviewing the lessons from these tough games and look to build towards their State league campaign later in the year.