Honours even in Royal Navy vs Army U23 Rugby match
The Royal Navy and Army U23 Rugby teams took part in a keenly contested competition in Portsmouth on Wednesday evening. After 80 minutes of extremely high quality rugby the match finished with the teams tied at 19 - 19.
The Royal Navy started the match strongly and quickly gained a 6 - 0 advantage. Despite going a man down as a result of a yellow card the RN side scored a converted try on the stroke of half time to go in 13 points up at the break.
The Army were clearly galvanised by the half time team talk and quickly scored a try to take the scores to 13-7.
The second half was hugely entertaining with the Army scoring a further 2 tries whilst the Navy continued to pick up points from penalties.
In the end the draw was the right result and acknowledged the tremendous skill exhibited by both sides. The trophy was shared between the teams and was collected jointly by the two team captains. The match was the final fixture in this year's Inter-Services competition. The Royal Navy secured the Championship having beaten the Royal Air Force by a larger margin than the Army had managed to do.
The season has seen the Army U23s record some memorable victories and play a very high standard of rugby. Many of the squad will have a genuine expectation of progressing to the senior set up very soon.
As the Accredited Lead Sponsor of Army Academy Rugby CDS DS has been immensely proud of the team's performance this season. The whole squad and management team have demonstrated all that is admirable about military sport.
We wish them all the best for the coming year and look forward to trying to go one step further next year!
Below, CDS DS' Managing Director, Richard Bradley, presents Sapper Matty Ayres - Royal Engineers with an award for 'Most Improved Player'.