Both Loma squads logged strong wins against teams from Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka, and ended the tournament with high honours.
The Lomas U16s were the first to play on a hot and steamy morning at Bangkok Patana School, where the tournament has been held annually, with this being the 9th edition.
The first game was against Nak Sue Tigers from Bangkok. After a sluggish start the Lomas took control of the game, with three converted tries for a convincing 21 – 0 win.
The Lomas U12s also won their first game against Nak Sue opposition 15 – 0.
In a tight second game, the U16s went down to a last minute try lose to Cobra from Malaysia 7 – 0.
In the last game of the day, the U16s beat AGOL from Sri Lanka 12 – 0, putting them on course for a place in the cup semi-final.
Lomas U12s drew their second game 10 – 10 against Malaysia’s Selangor Club, before going down 10 – 5 to Hong Hong’s Sandy Bay.
The Lomas U16s met their their hosts, Bangkok Lions, in the first game of day 2.
These games have always been close, and the Lomas were the deserved winners in a bruising 5 – 0 encounter.
The next U16 game, against Thailand’s Vajirayud College, was effectively a semi-final to determine who would play in the cup final.
The Lomas struck early to lead 5 – 0 and controlled the game until the final minute, where a slip in defence let in the Vajirayud winger to tie the game. But a draw was enough and a place in the final against Malaysia’s Cobra was assured.
In the final itself, Cobra raced into a 10 – 0 half-time lead. A change of tactics by the Lomas in the second half saw them fight back to 10 – 5 with a try by captain Lek. But the strong Cobra defence saw them hang on for a narrow victory.
The Loma lads were disappointed, but it was a great effort and their best result yet at this tournament.
Next the Lomas U 12s played Sandy Bay of Hong Kong in the semi-finals and avenged the previous day’s defeat, by winning 10 – 5 for a place in the plate final.
Their opposition would be AGOL of Sri Lanka, who came out firing and scored early for a 5 – 0 lead.
Only great tackling kept the Lomas in the game at half time, but a change of tactics in the second half saw them tie the score with moments to go.
In a tense period of overtime which went into its sixth minute, the Lomas finally got the line break to win 10 – 5 and claim the plate-winners trophy.