Army Survives Acid Test at Worcester
No sooner had the Army left the tunnel at Sixways than they were five points down. Ten minutes later Worcester had scored a second try following an exhibition of Premiership rugby that delighted a very good home crowd. There was bound to be a lot of crowd pleasing on the night as Worcester had fielded a side where nineteen of the players had recent Premiership experience and six were Saturday regulars.
The Worcester rugby was attractive and slick but it was also robust. The Army had to dig deep to a man. Every number tackled magnificently—very hard and where it hurt. More importantly the Reds picked up the tempo straight after a second home try and produced a very good match.
At half back Tom Chennell and James Reid were as one. Chennell has a long pass and can frequently be seen in the middle of the furnace.
Looking at the second half only the Army was a match for Worcester, who had also made a couple of changes. The scrum rocked the pros—Chris Budgen, Rick Reeves and Mattie Dwyer were granits solid and Dwyer on the charge proved difficult to halt. With Darrell Ball back at the helm the Army was well led. He is a hive of hard work, increasingly rugged as the years go by and frequently in a position to produce that extra bit of continuity. It was no coincidence that under his leadership the Army got to grips with the pace and guile of a very good Worcester outfit.