Semi-Final Victory, Army Masters (35) v Old Highlanders Rugby Club (0)
World Masters Games 2013 Turin Italy
The Army Masters booked their place in the final of the World Masters Games with hard fought victory over the Old Highlanders the local team whose ground is being used for all the matches in the tournament.
The vocal local support however could not help their team as the Masters hit the ground running with early tries from Dave Goddard and Bruno Green running in from deep, also Gareth Williamson with typical strong run added to his personal tally of tries for the Masters. Not to be out done fellow back row forward and Masters Captain Camie Hastie smashed through a couple of defenders to score. Mark Bragg made sure it was not just the forwards who were scoring tries with nice turn of pace to add another score before half time.
Respect to the Highlanders as they kept going in the match and even managed to make some ground with some good carries into the Masters half. The break must have done them some good as they increased their work rate certainly up front and worked hard at the breakdown to frustrate the Masters. With the local officials not being too hot on the rules at the breakdown, tempers were starting to get frayed on both sides.
It was however the Masters who lost a player to bin when Pete Frances was shown a yellow card. The game was a scrappy affair at this point, which to a certain degree suited the Italians as quick possession was denied to the Masters on numerous occasions.
The only score in the second half was from a quick turnover on a Highlanders attack and Stu James was able to show his good pace out wide for the final score of the match. The Masters now move forward to the Grand Final on Friday evening and an opportunity to secure the main prize