In a fortnight’s time, boys from Saint Andrew’s Secondary School and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) will share the limelight with Fiji’s Olympics winning captain OseaKolinisau and six-time HSBC World Rugby Sevens winner DJ Forbes of New Zealand at the Singapore Sports Hub.
The two schools qualified to play in the Schools Sevens Under-14 final to be held at the National Stadium on Day Two of the HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s on April 16, after finishing first and second overall in the three-leg Singapore Schools 7s series yesterday.
Over three Saturdays (11 March, 18 March and 1 April), 12 schools competed in three 7s tournaments at to earn the right to appear at the iconic Singapore Sports Hub for the final. Judging from the tight results in the series, old boys, parents, classmates and teachers of the Saints and ACS (I) can now expect a mouthwatering final clash between the two rivals.
ACS (I) beat the Saints 19-17 in the Round 1 final on 11th March at Nanyang Technological University, but lost 12-33 in the Round 2 final at Yio Chu Kang a week later.
Yesterday, the two kingpins of schoolboy rugby met again in the final of Round 3 at Ministry of Education Co-Curricular Activities Branch (Evans Road) and finished 7-7 at the final whistle. The first team to score in the final was awarded the win and St. Andrew’s thus finished ahead of ACS (I) in this unique ‘Road to Kallang’ series.
“The boys showed great character to improve with each round in the series and they make it to the final as planned,” said Saints 7s coach Teng Chong Yao. “Our display in the final of Round 3 was one of our best performances this season. We might have topped the Series but we aren’t going to be complacent, winning the final at the National Stadium is what the boys really want. Playing ACS (I) in the final is not going to be easy and spectators can expect a great final.”
“We are really happy to be back at the Singapore Sports Hub to defend our title and we can expect a tight game in the final,” said Adrian Chong Yew Choong, Head Coach of ACS (I). “We will do our upmost to defend the title and it will be a very tough match, as Saints have a very good team this year, but as always, our boys will give it their all.”
The Under 14 School 7s final will be played on Sunday afternoon (April 16) in front of 29,000 spectators expected at the National Stadium, before the round of eight in the HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s.
In addition to watching the legendary All Blacks and Olympic champions Fiji in action, school children heading to the HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s can enjoy plenty of fun activities at the Fun Zone and Skills Challenge areas convienently located at the covered 100 Plus Promenade, within easy access from the spectators’ viewing stands.
Two-day passes for children under 12 and youth under 18 years old are SGD 65 (Category One), while children and youths pay only SGD 2 and SGD 25 respectively for Category Two. Family packages are priced at SGD 260 (two adult and two youth or child), SGD 180 (one adult, two children) and SGD 140 (one adult, one child). All prices exclude booking fees and tickets can be purchased online at www.singapore7s.sg