Army Firepower Downs Air Force – Interservice Championship 2012
The Army won this first encounter of the 2012 BABCOCK Inter Service Championship by a clear 59pts-nil. The Royal Air Force put in a brave and, in parts, skilful performance, and must be considered unlucky to lose by such a wide margin. Maybe local knowledge and the ability to fly off grass runways was a bonus.
The Army scored steadily in the first quarter and only unforced errors prevented the match being sewn up well before half time.
The RAF pack was, in the presence of many of their former internationals, very competitive. It certainly gave nothing away in the tight or the line out. Sadly for all the graft up front they lacked penetration and with Mark Lee and Joe Kava in bristling mood they found it almost impossible to gain meaningful penetration.
For the Army it was, therefore, just a matter of numbers and time.
The Army picked up an uncluttered attack rhythm. Jack Prasad danced and ducked through the first line of defence to find the Red hoards at his side offering untold options.
Also having his best game in a Reds’ shirt lock Dave Bates was noticeable in the loose. He frequently took the first few hits from the defence and with Paul Llewellyn, a hulk of a No6, invariably on hand the forwards completed off-loads normally reserved for the training park.