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Volume 1, Issue 7

Text of Survivors Newsletter 107

  • Survivors Go 2-0 for Summer

    S E O U L S U R V I V O R S S E O U L S U R V I V O R S S E O U L S U R V I V O R S S E O U L S U R V I V O R S

    R U G B Y F O O T B A L L C L U BR U G B Y F O O T B A L L C L U BR U G B Y F O O T B A L L C L U BR U G B Y F O O T B A L L C L U B

    S E P T E M B E R 3 2 0 0 9 V O L U M E 1 I S S U E 7

    IN BR I E F :

    Training at Jamwon rugby

    pitch scheduled for 10am Saturday. Be ready to go on the hour sharp. If you cant attend training please inform Ra or Simon.

    Next Sunday, the 13th of

    September, a 10s tourna-ment will be held at Jamwon. The Survivors should be en-tering two teams. Head down and support the boys.

    The Oakwood Seoul Survi-

    vors are now live on the Rugby In Asia website. The website aims to bring to-gether news and information on rugby from all over the Asian continent. Head to the link below to get the latest on the Survivors.

    http://www.rugbyinasia.com/ korea/index.php

    Pitch directions are now on

    page 4.

    CONTACTS :

    Ted Gray (Club Captain) 011-287-9558

    Roddy Bancroft (Manager) 016-494-7363

    Simon Walsh (Pitch Captain) 010-9417-9554

    Kurtis Taogaga (Media) 010-7263-5878

    Rawiri King (Coach) 010-8698-4982

    Justin Jackson (Social Officer) 010-5465-6122

    Jordan Smigelsky (Community Project Manager)

    Richard Jarvis (Website)

    Maybe Next Weekend

    nents into the in-goal area be-

    fore touching down one of his

    three tries. With many of the

    Colts not even seventeen, the

    future looks bright for the Seoul

    Survivors Colts squad.

    Though there were many fine

    runs during the 80 minute affair,

    including a blinding run by

    Colts fly-half Jake Attewell, try

    -of-the-match has to go to Flo

    as he dragged three of his oppo-

    By Kurt Taogaga

    The Survivors racked up two

    consecutive wins at Fortress

    Jamwon to whitewash the

    Summer touring teams to Korea.

    The Royal Electrical and Me-

    chanical Engineers (REME

    RFC) and City RFC from Hong

    Kong were both dispatched in

    successive outings giving the

    Seoul Men a confidence boost

    going into the latter half of the

    2009 season. With two Yellow

    Sea Cup matches remaining,

    the Survivors remain slightly

    off the pace against the Shang-

    hai Hairy Crabs and will look to

    reproduce their best form to

    take back the coveted YSC title.

    Match reports on page 2

    The Survivors forwards dominated at the breakdown giving the halves time and space to operate effectively. Here, Jonathon De-cesari looks on as Nathan Atkins readies a pass to the backline.

    Colts Run Past

    Hong Kong

    By RJ Karas

    The Seoul Survivors Colts

    squad impressed over the week-

    end by putting 69 points on the

    board against the Colts team

    from City RFC of Hong Kong.

    It was evident from the start that

    Seoul would have the advantage

    in the forwards however what

    was unknown was how domi-

    nating Dan Sanchez Grovers

    game plan would be. Lead by

    the exceptional play of their

    Captain, Louis Galti, man-

    child number eight, Florent

    Darrou, and Alban Fidry, the

    Colts feisty scrum-half, City

    RFC were no match for Seouls

    under-18 squad.

    The Seoul Survivors Colts and City RFC U/18s.

    CONTENTS :

    Page 2: REME and City RFC

    match reports.

    Page 3: Player Profile - RJ Karas

    Page 4: Pitch directions.

    Farewell Justin Jackson.

  • REME Falls To Survivor Ambush By Kurt Taogaga

    Jetlagged, unaccustomed to the heat

    and at the end of a hectic tour of the

    Shaky Isles, the Royal Electrical and

    Mechanical Engineers (REME) were

    picked off in a tight match 24-22, by a

    Seoul Survivors team who are playing

    themselves into some nice form, in

    front of an enthusiastic crowd at the

    Jamwon Rugby Pitch in Apgujeong,

    Seoul on Saturday the22nd of August.

    The REME RFC squad landed in Korea

    on the Thursday before the match on

    their way to back to England after a

    frantic ten day tour of New Zealand. To

    their disappointment, REME produced

    mixed results Down Under coming

    away with one win from three games.

    After failing to secure a game against

    Korean opposition and seeing an op-

    portunity for redemption against a

    social expat side, REME RFC Man-

    ager Major Ewen Cameron contacted

    the Survivors who were more than

    happy to take the opportunity to play

    some genuine contact rugby.

    From the outset, the physical differ-

    ences between the two teams were

    clearly evident. The REME forwards

    were tall and physically imposing, their

    backs appearing to possess genuine

    skill and pace; a fact that hadnt gone

    unnoticed by the locals. However, the

    Survivors have shown themselves to be

    no pushovers in 2009 and player/coach

    Rawiri Kings stirring pre-match

    speech refocused attention away from

    the opposition and on to the quality of

    the players individual and team per-

    formances on the field.

    Immediately, it was apparent that the

    pre-match gee-up had had some affect

    on the expats. Seoul got off to a great

    start dominating the larger REME pack

    in the breakdown and scoring first

    through number eight John Goddard

    (Continued on page 3)

    The Survivors lineout focuses on the incoming ball.

    By Kurt Taogaga

    For the second weekend in a row, the Oakwood Seoul

    Survivors treated their legion of vocal supporters to a

    magnificent day of rugby on the banks of the Han River.

    The Survivors made much of defeating both summer

    touring sides - REME and City RFC - in consecutive

    weeks and delivered on that promise emphatically with a

    67-5 drubbing of the Hong Kong tourists.

    Newcomer Jeff Barg weighs his attacking options.

    The first half was mostly char-

    acterised by untidy ruck play

    stopping the flow of the game

    as the relatively inexperienced

    visitors used their hands and the

    larger Survivors forwards were

    penalised for diving in. The

    penalties piled up resulting in

    Vice-Captain Richard Jarvis

    being dubiously binned for

    stomping midway through the

    first half but even down to 14

    men the Survivors line re-

    mained intact. The Seoulites

    controlled the flow of the game

    and showed a lot of composure

    in attack but still couldnt fully

    break down the City defence.

    Going into halftime the locals

    were ahead 14-0, through a Tim

    OConnor double, and City

    were still very much in with a

    chance to ruin the Seoul rugby

    communitys day.

    The Survivors emerged post-

    break reinvigorated and began

    turning the heat up on City, who

    eventually conceded 53 points

    in the second spell. Some nice

    clearing by the Seoul forwards

    and improved organisation of

    the ruck runners immediately

    gave the backs good front

    foot ball. Second five

    OConnor took full advantage

    adding another five-pointer to

    the brace he scored in the first

    half. Other highlights in-

    cluded replacement back

    Justin Painter supporting well

    to take away a two-try haul,

    RJ Karas barrelling charge to

    score under the posts and a

    long-range effort by burly

    reserve centre Kurt Taogaga.

    The home team barely al-

    lowed City to get their hands

    on the ball the entire match

    and the scoreline would have

    remained a whitewash if not

    for an enterprising City kick

    and chase in the dying min-

    utes leading to their solitary

    consolation try.

    To their credit, the much

    smaller City defended bravely

    to the very end and their ef-

    (Continued on page 4)

    Survivors vs. City RFC

  • effect.

    After the break, At-

    kins nudged Seoul

    slightly further ahead

    through a penalty.

    However, REME re-

    bounded yet again to

    dot down tying the

    scores at 17-17 mid-

    way through the sec-

    ond spell. Great

    physical forward play

    from the Survivors

    pack again saw them

    camped on the REME

    line and allowed loose

    forward debutant

    Sebastian Ibarra to

    pick up a try; duly

    converted by Atkins.

    As could be expected

    of a military outfit,

    REME kept their

    composure and ham-

    mered relentlessly at

    the Survivors defen-

    sive line until they

    finally breached in the

    dying minutes setting

    up a tense few mo-

    ments as the REME

    kicker lined up his

    attempt. On target for

    most of its trajectory,

    the fullbacks knock

    after a strong forward

    drive over the line.

    However, REME were

    determined not to play

    catch-up football and

    scored an unconverted

    try through their number

    7 and Man-of-the-Match

    to remain within strike

    range of the Survivors.

    Goddard again featured

    prominently in Se