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Sevens rugby teams sweat it out to book finals places

Stade Khmer’s Rath Ra (right) comes under pressure from PSE Garudas’ Thy Thik during their men’s seniors rugby sevens game at the Old Stadium
Stade Khmer’s Rath Ra (right) comes under pressure from PSE Garudas’ Thy Thik during their men’s seniors rugby sevens game at the Old Stadium on Sunday. BING GUAN

Sevens rugby teams sweat it out to book finals places

The concluding round of the rugby sevens group stage was held on Sunday at the Old Stadium, with teams snapping up the remaining places in the May 18 finals.

Organisers described the day as “42 games, a lot of fun, a lot of tries and lot of perspiration”.

The senior section saw last year’s runners up Stade Khmer beat PSE Garudas 15-7, a result which meant the two teams would face each other in the title decider.

Stade Khmer president Jean-Baptiste Suberbie told the Post that Sunday’s game sent a “big message” to the Garudas.

“We are very proud to be again in final this year,” he said.

“Last year, we celebrated our advance to the final, maybe too much, and after we lost against Sisowath [Knights]. This year, no celebration, because our objective is clear – to bring home the national trophy for the first time in our club’s history.”

“We want to win this trophy for all the players who are going to stop next year – historical Cambodian players such as Phan Sophea and Dul Khemrin. But we also want to win for our U18 team, which is our best supporter.”

Stade Khmer’s U18s were already assured of a finals berth on May 18 against the Rene Descartes French high school side, “two very close teams which represent the future of Cambodian rugby”, according to Suberbie.

On Sunday, the ISPP team appeared in their inaugural U18 game against Descartes, which was played at high intensity.

Meanwhile, Soksabay women’s team registered their first tries in competitive sevens rugby after drawing both of their games 2-2 against confirmed finalists PSE and Descartes.

The U15 division had Taraspeca (a combination of Taramana and ASPECA squads) seal a place in the season closer, while PSE and Descartes are forced to play an extra game to decide who will join them.

PSE and Descartes will contest the U13 final, while ASPECA and PSE will play-off for the chance to meet Descartes in the U11 final.

ASPECA and Descartes will vie for the U9 trophy.

The finals will all be played on May 18 at the Old Stadium.

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