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British Army Masters 32 – Bermuda Barbarians 12

The Army Masters finished the weeks tour in fine style with a win over the local Bermuda Barbarians side at the international classic competition final day. Both sides had been turned over by the Atlanta Renegades and we’re both looking to finish the week on a high.

Like the game from mid-week the Army started strong with CSgt Scotty Sutton making good hard yards and crossing the game line on numerous occasions. It was from one of theses charges that he crossed the white wash for the Army Masters first score. SSgt Rob Smart kicked the extras for a 7-0 lead. The once again dominant Masters scrum meant from quick turnover at a Bermuda scrum the ball was shipped wide through the backs to Maj Dom Hayakawa on the wing who still had some work to do before crossing the line for the second try and 12-0 to the Masters.

It was all one way traffic now with the ever strong SSgt Gareth Williamson at number 8 going over for his second try of the week, 17-0 to the Masters. The Masters then went to sleep and maybe thinking the game was going to be a walk in the park took their foot of the gas, but the Bermuda side had a few players from the south hemisphere in their ranks who have played at a high level and two quick scores followed to let the Masters know they were still in a game. Half time and with the score at 17-12 it was time for some fresh legs with WO2 Garry Windle replacing Sutton and Col Simon Orr bring his surly front row play onto the park.

After some stiff words from skipper Maj Camie Hastie the Masters go looking for more scores and there is a strong hard run from Capt Billy Bragg breaking tackles to cross for a early try in the second half and open a gap to a 24-12 lead. The Masters are in a battle rhythm now and only good defence from the Bermuda Barbarians keeps the Masters at bay. However they cannot stop SSgt Rob Smart from topping of a good performance on the park with a nice worked try for the Masters. There was still time for another score for the Masters with full back Sgt Slade-Jones getting the final score of the match.

The Barbarians go looking for a consolation score but the Masters defence was having non of it, and the red line stays strong to the final whistle. It was good to finish the week with a win after the disappointing mid week loss, and there is no doubt the squad improved with every minute on the training pitch and field of play during the week. Tributes from both local and the ex internationals in the watching crowd brought a great weeks Rugby to a close.

Mach report by WO2 Jim Evans

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