World Masters Games 2013, Turin, Italy
The Army Masters under the blazing Italian sun here in Turin secured a place in the Semi-finals of the competition with another big win this time against Italian side Ivrea Rugby Club to top their pool as clear winners. The message is out that the Army Masters are in town and the win put a big marker down to the other teams that they are going to have to work very hard to get the Gold medal out of our possession. There were lots of standout performances in the win over Ivrea RC with Spencer Sutton grabbing a couple of tries and Mark Eastley getting on the score sheet; also Mark Bragg ran the backs well when he came on the park as one of the replacements.
Bruno Green is enjoying the hard fast ground and seems to move that much quicker than any other player on the field with ball in hand. The Italians tried to move the ball out wide when in attack but the first up hits of the Masters meant a lot this ball was turned over quickly and defence soon turned into attack for the Masters and once behind the Ivrea defence the try count mounted.
Masters Skipper Camie Hastie and fellow flanker Dave Goddard were strong as always at the breakdown and taught the Italians a lesson in the art of back-row play. Because of the heat and playing three games in succession the rules allow for more substitutions then is normal which has allowed Head Coach Tiny Baker to rotate players regularly for all the games and just about every squad player has had game time now. The tough decision the Coach has now is to pick the starting 15 for the game on Tuesday evening with lots of quality players so desperate to have a starting place.