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It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up

... and that is exactly what the Bandits have in mind for the rest of the Korean Expatriate Rugby Association (KERA) season.

KERA 19-2

On Saturday, April 20th, Stars and Stripes (Korea) hosted a successful KERA 19-2 at the Paengseong Stadium, Arena and Sports Park, in Pyeongtaek.

The tournament saw the lads come up against some quality opposition in the form of the Ulsan Goblins and Stars & Stripes (Korea) teams, as well as the well-oiled Seoul Survivors machine.

The Busan Bandits huddle for a team talk during the KERA 19-2 tournament

As per the tournament structure the Bandits played three matches. First up was the Ulsan Goblins, who are also building a new team, and the Bandits came away with a decent win, scoring 3 tries to none.

Great day out for the boys yesterday. Some hard games with low numbers, but the team showed great heart and came away with improved results. Well done to our man of the match and Rugby debutante Brandon Augustin. A special thanks to Stars & Stripes Military Rugby Korea and Seoul Survivors Rugby Football Club for helping out with numbers. A lot to work on but massive improvement shown. Rest and heal up. Go Goblins!

Ulsan Goblins Rugby Club 울산럭비

In their second match of the day the lads came up against a rampant Survivors team who crossed the whitewash five times without reply from the Bandits. They stood up to the challenge however, and put together some decent plays. It was also a case of "welcome to the school of hard knocks" you might say and a steep learning curve for a number of lads who, until a few weeks ago, have never touched a rugby ball.

Great day of rugby in Pyeongtaek with the boys coming away with 3 wins against quality opposition.

Seoul Survivors Rugby Football Club

The third match was lost against an up-and-coming Stars team, who are playing some good rugby in 2019. The final score was four tries to none in favour of Stars & Stripes, making it a one from three outing for the Bandits.

The boys put in another solid days work on Saturday and posted some BIG wins to officially take second place in the KERA league standings. We are growing by leaps and bounds every tournament and have shown that we are not a team to be taken lightly.

Stars and Stripes Korea

After two successful years, taking the Joe Day Cup in 2017 and then keeping it in Busan in 2018, the Busan Bandits are in a rebuilding phase. It is nonetheless exciting times for a group of new players learning the basics of rugby. They are eager to improve their skills and make it count on the field. The training and match day turnouts are proof of that eagerness.

Most importantly, they are a group of lads who are embracing the spirit of the Bandits and enjoying themselves to boot.

The moment Erol Bicer realized he needed longer studs

The moment Erol realized he needed longer studs!

Message from coach Adriaan:

A huge thanks for everyone who came out yesterday. Proud of each and everyone. We asked for a bit more commitment on defence, and our tackling was much better. We created plenty of chances but they unfortunately didn't come off.

There is plenty to be positive about. We will keep on improving and things will come together.

Big Ben had a great first tournament, we had the Goblin show his gas and had old hand Agar back in the mix too. Gary crushed some poor bastards with some big hits (including Gert-friendly fire).

Rest up lads and please clear the first weekend of June, as we will head up to Seoul and have a great night on the piss in Itaweon ... right after we take some numbers on the pitch.

Some of you guys pitched up and played with injuries. Big shout out to you. Tough as hell.

Congratulations Jesse Farrelly for being selected as Busan Bandits Player of the Day!

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