The third leg of the KERA 10s series was played last weekend in the unforgiving heat of Korea’s Osan Air Base. Despite missing some key players the Survivors put together a solid day of rugby, complete with all the elbow and knee scrapes an Astroturf pitch has to offer.
There were four airports involved, a large part of our touring party (nine) only saw three of them – a total of six times.
The Crabs have a playing roster of 75-80 players. They needed trial games of Possibles v Probables to choose the best side of twenty-two to stand up before the Seoul Survivors' travelling pack of seventeen (from all over South Korea, China and game day pick-up). The Survivors put out the call for those eligible for a China visa and able to travel. We initially had eleven. A second call brought the coach and photographer out of retirement and our number grew to sixteen.
The Survivors travelled to Daegu missing a number of key backs, but were determined to make amends for a dismal first up effort in the K.E.R.A 10’s League. After disembarking from a four hour train ride the team found conditions in Daegu to be exactly as they had been in Seoul – cold, wet and gray.
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