Royal Navy 9pts—Army 24 pts
The Army U23 team overpowered a spirited Royal Navy 24 pts—9 at Burnaby Road Portsmouth on 2 December. This was a truly whole-hearted performance in drenching rain which, following the 10pts—5 victory against the RAF, sealed the 2011 Inter Services Championship.
Tight head prop Cameron McLaren (RE) commanding the Lion King position was in dominating form. On six minutes a quick penalty against a slowly retreating Navy defence encouraged Bowman to split the line and bustle his way over in the corner. Full back Lawrence Wadham (PWRR) —one to watch—converted in monsoon conditions.
With the home team forwards on the rack the Army doubled the pressure. Quick thinking at the line out by Wadham released winger Raymond Bishop (R Welsh) who cleared the first trenches before feeding Semi Lave ( RLC ) to scorch a path to the line.
The thrust had gone and as Bowman attempted to rekindle the attacking spirit scrum half Morgan Evans (R Welsh) marched to warm the bench.
Next in line is for the three Services to form the Combined Services U23 squad to face Oxbridge U23 at Twickenham on Saturday 28 April—Army Navy Day.