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Ali Kasim
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

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Rugby: hardly out of place, among giants

The New Paper | Ali Kasim | Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

Singaporean Reiner Leong (above, in red) scoring a try for the Asia Pacific Dragons.

Just before the match against the Brumbies, Reiner Leong was star struck.

Playing for the Asia Pacific Dragons on the first day of the inaugural World Club 10s at the new National Stadium yesterday, the Singapore forward couldn't help it, before locking horns with Brumbies fullbacks Jesse Mogg and Robbie Coleman.

"You see these guys on TV playing for the Wallabies, and suddenly you're tackling them on the pitch; it was pretty amazing," said Leong, who is the only local selected to play for the Hong-Kong based Dragons in the two-day tournament.

"I'm not going to lie, at first, I was a little worried about whether I could front up against these guys.

"But as soon as the game got going, all (the fears) got pushed out, I managed to hold my own and I'm really happy about that."

The spanking new stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub opened with a bang yesterday as it played host to its first event in front of 8,918 spectators.

The first round of group-stage action saw eight international club sides showcase their speed and power in fast-paced 10-a-side rugby, headlined by two Super Rugby teams: The Brumbies and The Auckland Blues.

Not only did Leong keep pace with his illustrious opponents, he also wowed the fans with two tries.

The 28-year-old, who came off the bench in all three of his team's group matches, scored his first against the Brumbies.

Following a break down the blind side, Leong received a pass five metres from the line and leaped over for a try.

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