On a beautiful Beijing day, the Beijing Aardvarks hosted the Shanghai Dolphins for a China Cup Rugby semi-final. A hard fought match with the Shanghai Dolphins with neither side dominating for prolonged periods meant a see-sawing first half which ended with the Dolphins up two tries to one.
Aggressive defence led by Raphael Audinet and strong running from Yannick Thuet, Lachlan Rathbone Clement Bacri, Tony Hare and Alex Peers gave good momentum, but the Aardvarks were unable to convert this into points on the board. Ultimately, the Dolphins were able to score when they had opportunities and the Aardvarks couldn’t link the final pass in crucial moments meant the Dolphins won the hard fought match.
19 – 5 loss
Tries: Simon Viarouge
Seven spit-roasted lambs were no match for both teams as JP Chenet bottles were shared among our new friends and both teams celebrated with gusto.
Thanks to the Shanghai Dolphins for making the trip up and making it a great weekend of Beijing rugby.
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