ARMY CONFRONT PRO-WORCESTER
Worcester Warriors 66—30 Army
Never (fully) trust the statistics ! This was as adverse an outcome (numerically) that the Army has suffered in recent years but it is important to get behind the numbers to uncover the true worth of this match from an Army perspective.
Worcester Warriors fielded a pro side with Internationals –Premiership players in key positions. It was therefore vital that the Reds dug deep in the knowledge that errors would be punished and that the scoreboard would show no signs of sentimentality . Many of these Warriors would be playing for their contracts.
With that as background the Army scored four tries and ratcheted up 30 points before an appreciative crowd and a match commentator who would be well employed by Army recruiting.
It was a travesty that the ‘ref’ who never quite mastered the underlying spirit of this particular game even thought of sending him to the ’bin’.
Outside the ever steady Gerhard Wessels, in the No13 shirt, fresher Tom Hiscock (Welsh Guards)showed great hands and ran strongly. He has a future in an Army shirt as does Sam Speight—another Fiji flyer.
Back to reality—the score. The bulk of the points came from or originated with what Worcester coach Mark Hewitt called his anchor men and around whom their game developed. Amongst notable full blown pros were England No9 Shaun Perry and Samoan centre Josh Matavesi.
Move on– we will take the positives, especially when we were at one stage leading 10pts–7. The Reds were fitter and working together over a half dozen sessions has reaped huge benefit.
Coach Axel Rees was full of praise for the way his team ‘manned up’ to a severe test. “We are getting stronger in all departments and the players are gelling session by session and tonight showed real character.
We take nothing for granted—Bedford Blues in the Mobbs Memorial Match will be another huge test”.