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It was an intense struggle for the dark horses, ACS (I) (in yellow), but they managed to snatch the victory out of the hands of favourites SAJC. (Photo: SSC)
 
It was a story ripe for Hollywood. A team of rag-tag underdogs had managed to some how get into the finals, but were up against one of the most formidable teams they could face. Their best player was injured. They were still behind at half time. Then, as if by a miracle, they emerged victorious.
 
That was the story that played out at the Ruby Police Cup A Division final on 10 May at the Home Team Academy. The unlikely winners of the match were Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). They were facing Saint Andrews Junior College 9SAJC), a school that often dominates school-level rugby and had already scored an 11-0 victory in the round robin stages.
“If you’d asked me earlier on in the season how my boys would do, I’d be the first to raise my hand and say we have a lot of work to do,” admitted ACS (I) coach Adrian Chong. “But the boys really rose to the occasion. Today, I think the boys turned into men."
 
Indeed, ACS (I) managed to show their opponents what they were made of very early in the game. ACS (I)‘s James Morgan kicked a penalty in the 10th minute, scoring the first points in the game. Chong proudly declared him the Man of the Match, a role that the Essex born 17-year-old humbly played down.
 
“There’s no Man of the Match, only Team of the Match,” said Morgan, whose feat was all the more impressive considering the fact that he was carrying a shoulder injury.
 
But the tide turned for ACS (I) at the 13th minute as SAJC’s Bryan Lim scored a try, giving them a lead of five points to three. Both sides grappled valiantly for the upper hand, but to no avail and the game went into half time with no progress score-wise.
 
The first goal of the second-half went to SAJC to a penalty at the 38th minute, to make it 8-3, after which ACS (I) struggled to take the lead.  It was Morgan who managed to even the score on the 41st minute with a try, but at 48 minutes, they were trailing 11-8.
 
But vice-captain Calvin Ying came to the rescue. He dealt a double blow to SAJC with a try and a conversion that landed them a 15-11 score, from which SAJC never recovered.
 
“I think what made the difference in the end was that we came in as the underdogs,” said ACS(I) captain Low Zheng De. “We stuck to the game plan, stuck to our territorial play and had faith in our coaches and play for the team and not for ourselves.”
 
“It’s like a fairytale story that still hasn’t set in,” said the captain breathlessly.