Two games into the second season of the Muddy Penny Cup and only one point separates the top two teams.
This edition of the tournament sees the likes of SCC Growlers, Wanderers Wrinklies and Les Vieux Chefs all determined to wrestle the title away from the defending inaugural champions Bucks Stags (who beat SCC Growlers 15-10 in extra time of season one’s grand finals). But don’t let the names fool you. Although the Muddy Penny Cup is strictly for those aged 35 and above, competition is still pretty heated.
There are plenty of club rivalries and perennial old scores to be sorted with a sprinkling of on-field brilliance that would make even the young’ens take notice. Which is why amongst the competition’s mutually agreed set rules is the evident and intriguing, “no scoring allowed for star players.” But when you consider the likes of former Tonga rep and Wellington Hurricanes stalwart, Inoke Afeaki and former Irish international and Northampton Saints flanker Neil Best amongst the competition’s roster, it does makes it a more level playing field.
The Muddy Penny Cup is run independently of the regular domestic rugby competitions/season organised by the Singapore Rugby Union. Unlike the first season, this second edition of the competition is longer — lasting from October this year and culminating in the grand finals schedule for March 18th 2017.
The tournament is currently taking a break in-lieu of the upcoming SCC 7s competition and games scheduled for November 5th have been cancelled. But come November 19th, the Rucks will Roll!
Photos: Muddy Penny Cup official page