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Captain Vireak Vannak and Cambodia celebrate their HSBC A5N Divisio V title.
Cambodia blanks Brunei in HSBC Asian 5 Nations rugby


07 Jul 2013
Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Cambodia beat Brunei 28-0 in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Division Five decider on Sunday to claim its first HSBC A5N rugby crown since the inception of the tournament in 2008. Cambodia had won the opening match of the two-test series on Friday by 38-0 and followed up with a four-try finale and second clean sheet in a row.

Cambodia coach Laurie Karatau said: “After Friday we knew that Brunei would be a wounded lion. They have a lot of pride and we knew they would come out and hit us with everything, which they did, so we had to prepare for that. We stressed to our guys the importance of being able to weather that challenge and to stick to our game plan and we were successful.

“We trained for two solid months to prepare for this tournament with a focus on improving our ball skills and our fitness and physicality and it paid off.” Karatau believes that the success will have a long-term impact on rugby in Cambodia. “I’m quite confident with the standard we are achieving in Cambodia,” he added.

“We are starting to build a lot of depth. We need to employ more resources in coaching and refereeing, which we can do, but we needed this win. We had 700 young kids as part of the grassroots programme watching today and what better way to seal the future of the game than winning in front of them.”

* The HSBC-Asian Rugby Football Union Grassroots Coaching Tour was again a great success in Phnom Penh, working with over 1,000 youth from a variety of charities, schools and NGO programmes in Cambodia.  The programmes incorporated deaf and blind rugby as well as working with impoverished children from around the Phnom Penh environs.

* Sunday’s match was the final action of the 2013 HSBC Asian Five Nations Series in which 30 games have been played in eight countries across 12 weeks.

Source: Info Elite Step Asia
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