Barbarians retain title at Chris Kays Pattaya Rugby Festival

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The Amari Orchid Pattaya Chris Kays Memorial Rugby Tournament took place at Horseshoe Point last weekend and featured 16 teams playing in the main draw competition.

The Cup final saw the defending champions, the Thai Barbarians, face off against the Thai Legends and in a close and absorbing contest it was the ‘Baa-Baas’ who emerged victorious with a 12-7 victory to retain the trophy they won 12 months ago.

Thai Barbarians take on Thai Legends in the final.Thai Barbarians take on Thai Legends in the final.

In the other finals, the Plate was won by the Bangkok Japanese, conquerors of local favourites Pattaya Panthers in an earlier round.  The Japanese put on a show in the final to defeat Bargunchong by a score of 19-5.  The Mosquitoes were equally dominant in the Shield final as they downed Hong Kong Scottish 21-5, and Nawamin Old Boys showed they still had a spring in their step as they beat Bangpoo RFC 10-5 to win the Bowl.

Note:  A full and comprehensive report of the 2-day rugby festival will feature in next week’s Pattaya Mail.