Singapore rugby passes test

Singapore rugby passes test
Singapore No.8 Peter McFeely (in white, with ball) forces the ball over the line in the 76th minute to score Singapore's fifth try against Chinese Taipei at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium.

Singapore continued their good progress when they beat Taiwan 30-19 in the first international rugby Test match on home soil in three years in the Asian Tri-Nations last night.

The Singapore Reds' win at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium saw them leapfrog their opponents into 56th place in the world rankings.

It has been a good year for the Singapore Rugby Union (SRU), after the national team regained their place in Division One of the HSBC Asian Five Nations (A5N) tournament in June when they beat Malaysia 20-17 in the Division Two final.

Now, national captain Daniel Marc Chow is eyeing another promotion, into the A5N's top five, featuring continental heavyweights like Japan and South Korea.

Speaking to The New Paper after the final whistle, 29-year-old Chow said: "We didn't really dominate as well as we wanted today.

"Overall, I'm not terribly happy with the performance, but I'm glad we won and that we're moving up the rankings.

"We have won three Test matches on the trot. Hopefully, we can build on that next year and get promoted to the top division."

Singapore got off to a bad start yesterday when Chiu Min-ching gave the visitors the lead with a try after seven minutes, which Chu Chih Wei converted.

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