Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sisowath deal yet another defeat to winless Siem Reap




Sisowath deal yet another defeat to winless Siem Reap

Sisowath deal yet another defeat to winless Siem Reap

SISOWATH Knights broke out early and captured their second Cambodia Rugby Premiership victory of the season Sunday afternoon, beating Siem Reap 20-7 at Phnom Penh's Old Stadium.

Using their considerable size advantage in the forwards, the Knights jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first 30 minutes of play and never looked back as they dominated a young Siem Reap side.

Flanker Yorn Vantha opened the scoring in the 11th minute as he grabbed a pass off a lineout and sprinted in for the try from 30 metres.

Sisowath then extended their lead to 10 points less than five minutes later, as No 8 Sam West dived in for the score off a penalty tap and go.

Sisowath continued to dominate, their front five pounding the Siem Reap defence with repeated hit ups. Sisowath prop Chro Kim Seang culminated the drive as he took a quick pass off a ruck at 10 metres out to score the try. West added the conversion kick to make it 17-0 Sisowath.

Siem Reap momentarily took back the momentum late in the half, taking advantage of a Sisowath penalty near the 22-metre line. Winger Nuon Leng took a pass off a scrum and sped in for the try. Siem Reap fullback Legris Benoit successfully converted, cutting the Sisowath lead to 10 before the interval.

The second act proved to be more of a defensive battle with neither team gaining the upper hand. West's 10-metre penalty kick in the 50th minute was the only score of the half to help Sisowath emerge 20-7 victors.

Sisowath coach Brian Thomas praised the play of his forwards, and in particular, the play of Chro Kim Seang.

"Seang was outstanding today," said Thomas. "He was a real leader out there, made some great tackles, and he ran hard."

Sisowath, whose record in the Premiership now stands at 2 wins, 3 losses, takes on Stade Khmer on March 8 at the Old Stadium. Siem Reap remain winless from four appearances. 

MOST VIEWED

  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped