48 NAVY NEWS, JUNE 2007
NNext monthext month
– around the
– with NATO
boys – from
Holland I to
● Crunch moment, part one... The Army’s No.12, Satala, tries to release the ball as he is brought crashing towards the Twickenham turf
Pictures: LA(Phot) Paul A’Barrow, RNAS Yeovilton
Steamroller almost halted
THE ARMY powerhouse once again
Vance to score, which was not converted. a score – just as the Navy game plan
triumphed in the annual clash of
From then on the pressure on the Senior demanded.
rugby 1st XVs at Twickenham but
Service intensifed, their safe-kicking game The second half opened
began to disintegrate and it wasn’t long before much as the first began, with
it proved to be a damned near-run the Army game plan delivered another excellent further Army pressure and field
attacking field position. position.
After a good final performance in the regular
The subsequent stolen line-out was quickly But despite being on the
All the action
season against London Irish, the RN camp
shipped to the Army’s Satala who stayed strong defensive the Navy were always
focussed on refining the Inter-Service 2007
on his feet to offload for the Army winger (14) alert to the counter attack and
product looking to exploit the perceived Army
to go in close to the posts; converted 14-8. when a laboured pass from the
weaknesses and combat the Army strengths,
Undeterred the Navy were quick to strike Army second row was casually
writes Cdr Andy Basson, RNRU spokesman.
back when the combination of Pascoe attacking intercepted by the ever-lively
Injuries to key players and rock-hard ground
the blind side while looking for Drauniniu Drauniniul he was able
somewhat limited what could be achieved
allowed a concerted attack up the right side. to sprint the length of
within the squad.
Drauniniu first beat his wing and then the field unchallenged
The RN selection plan was further disrupted
the Army full back in the tightest of spaces, to score; converted by
when on Thursday the first choice No.10,
showing a mix of great pace, footwork and Pascoe 25-25.
Matt Rhodes, failed his post-injury fitness
agility to bring the rapturous crowd to their The domination of the
test, leading to a further reshuffle in the backs
feet in this mesmeric run – converted by Army scrum was an over-
Pascoe, 14-15. riding factor and it wasn’t
Despite the upheaval, the Senior Service took
The euphoria was short-lived and straight long before more Army
to the field in upbeat mood, looking forward
from the restart a Naval infringement allowed pressure on a weary Naval
25 fi nale
to the challenge, relishing the opportunity to
the Army back in front with a penalty, 17-15. tight five created turnover
engage with the old enemy...
But it wasn’t long in this ‘tit-for-tat’ battle, ball allowing Army winger,
Early indecision cost the Navy dearly when
before the game swung back in the Navy’s Seru to pop up in the midfield
initial Army pressure and pace was brought to
favour with Pascoe restoring the lead, with a and bundle his way past
bear by the right winger and a swift handling
well-aimed penalty 17-18. the stretched defence
move quickly engineered a gaping hole in the
Once again the advantage generated by close to the posts;
Navy midfield defence allowing the Army 13
the kick-off allowed the Army to exert more converted 32-25.
to break through to score close to the posts;
pressure and secure another penalty restoring
marina Continued on
their lead at 20-18.
A pensive air of concern spread quickly
There then followed the most contentious
amongst the blue supporters.
score of the game. After a number of well-
Undeterred the RN were quick to strike
executed passing phases, the Army No.6
back, following better field position and a good
DamuDamu (an England 7s player) attacked
lineout drive, Caruana placed a well judged
on the outside of the Navy defence and
‘up and under’ over the top of the Army 15,
apparently went over in the far left corner – but
(so that he could be formally introduced to the
a little Wilkinsonesque, for he had clearly put
Navy midfield duo), only to be tackled by the
his foot out of play before touching the ball
Army back row. Pascoe converted the resulting
down; unconverted 25-18.
penalty to peg the score back to 3-7.
This wasn’t one of those games where you
At the restart, the RN once again found
dwelt on what should have been; the rugby was
themselves under the cosh and feeling the
far too exciting.
immense pressure of the Army front five.
The crowd were clearly enjoying the open
Subsequently, they found themselves having
play and were relishing the display of fighting
to live off scraps for long periods and only some
spirit in what had become a very entertaining
strong Naval hard graft in defence prevented
match in glorious weather.
further Army scores.
The Navy had been
It was the RN who struck next – against the
run of play – following a poor Army clearance
unable to establish a solid
kick, gathered quickly and passed in field by
base from which to attack,
Vance to unleash Drauniniu.
instead they had been living
His deft footwork up the right-hand-side
off scraps, but to their great
took him to within 20m of the line. The
credit were converting their scoring
quickly-recycled ball was taken on again by the
forwards until Caruana was back in a position
Four times they had been in the Army red
● Crunch moment, part two...
to execute his perfectly-judged cross-kick for
zone and four times they had come away with
another 100 per cent tackle to
stop the Army steamroller
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