Bish, Bosh, Fizz and more Fizz. This was a great Army performance against a fine bunch of athletes from Bath Rugby. The ‘pros’ showed silky steel in all departments but were countered by a high octane Army fifteen-man game that obliterated memories of Halton.
The scrums were pretty even, Chris Budgen, Pete Austin and Turkish Titchard- Jones were both a rock and a hard place. Uncapped Austin was everywhere playing like the third flanker. The lines-out went well on Red’s ball and vitally Will Jones and Rob Lennox contested Bath throws.
Dom Shaw (9) had a sterling game, possibly his best in a Red’s shirt, setting Jack Prasad (10) up for a number of dazzling runs. Jack knows where to find support; inside flick and Tams Tamatawale was under the posts—all from 50m.
A surging drive and a penalty try (?) had put the Army on the score board after another colander style opener leaked two 5 pointers to the home side. At one stage the score was 14 pts-12 to the Army but Bath did what they were grilled and drilled to do—shifting through their game plan at high speed, and these guys don’t get paid for nothing.
The Army stood firm, the defence was well organized and re-organized as Bath threw wave after wave at the line. The pack fought themselves to the last trench and were awarded a second penalty try.
Moments of professional excellence saw the Bath club home by 53 pts –21 but the score took nothing away from a fine Army performance. Chuffed all round.
This is not the time to tug at the hand of Head Coach Axel Rees who has a difficult enough task selecting his ‘22’. Sufficient to say that all players at the ‘Rec’ gave 110% and would feel comfortable at Twickenham on 3 May 2014. See you there!