Late Devils Comeback Falls Short Against Shanghai
After the previous week’s epic championship final victory, it proved too much for the squad to rally for one more week as the Devils fell to our rivals, the Shanghai Silver Dragons, in the Yellow Sea Cup at ISB. While the fixture has lost some of its luster in the last few years with the rise of the Beijing League competition and All China Cup, the Yellow Sea Cup remains the oldest competition in the country and one of the biggest games on the Devil’s calendar.
The game started a bit scrappy as both sides tested each other out in the blustery cold Beijing conditions, but Shanghai soon established dominance in both territory and possession. The visitors struck first and would have added to the lead if not for the outstanding defense of man of the match Tobby Gura ,who scythed down multiple scoring threats. Yet a driving maul and an inside break provided Shanghai two more tries, halftime 0-19.
The Devils picked up their game after a further Shanghai score when Jack Chang picked off an errant pass to dive under the posts. The Devils tally was further buoyed when Nii Oku Noi displayed excellent footballing skills to toe through a loose ball and bag a try. The Devils also had the last say when Paul French’s pace down the touch line left the Shanghai cover defense in his wake.
Final Score: Shanghai Silver Dragons 29 Beijing Devils 19.
While not an ideal scoreline to end on, the team can reflect on a hugely successful season from which we rallied from early season setbacks to win the Beijing championship as well as put on a spirited performance against a noticeably fresher Shanghai side.
The Devils will now break for Winter before training resumes in February 2020. We welcome men and women of all backgrounds and abilities, so get in touch to join Beijing’s oldest and most successful rugby club for the 2020 season: firstname.lastname@example.org