Among the many tournaments the Bamboos teams cover each year, the London Beach Rugby surely has been one of the most unusual one. It’s not only the unorthodox surface, but also the location featuring the world-famous Tower Bridge in the background, makes the London Beach Rugby an unforgettable event. In the shade of London’s iconic building, 20 teams competed in a tournament which has moved between other famous hotspots in the capital such as Finsbury Square and Covent Garden.
However the location for the fifth edition of the competition certainly has been extravaganza. The game itself differs from the usual 7-a-side full contact version. On sand it’s just five vs five and after three two-handed touches it’s a turnover. However, there is no shortage in action and tries which are often scored by jumping into the inflatable barriers.
The Bamboos started the tournament with a close 4:5 defeat against a strong charity team from London Air Ambulance, a side boosted by “Find Rugby Now” players. The London Air Ambulance is also the main charity of London Beach Rugby and each year 1000s of pounds are raised for this fantastic organisation.
Following on from the loss in the opener, the boys improved steadily throughout the pool stage by winning both remaining matches. First they played the Sportfathers which they beat 7:5. In the last group match, the men in green beat the Team Rekorderling.
However, the defeat in the opening match resulted in facing the top seeded team Old Reigations in the quarter-finals. Despite strong efforts against the London-side, the Bamboos were forced to finish the day at this stage after a 4:2 loss.
Pic: London Beach Rugby
Nevertheless, the last tournament of the season has been a very special one and certainly one that will become a regular occasion in the busy tournament calendar 2018.