International Defence 7s Competition, Glendale, Denver, Colorado, USA, 18 – 19 August 2012
Following an exceptional domestic season the Army 7s team headed to Denver, Colorado to compete in the first International Defence 7s competition.
With the pre competition training complete which included concurring the summit of Mt Evan (14,265ft), the team were ready to take the field.
As with the previous day, not only was the temperature rising with the sun, the pressure on the team to do well was evident for all. Under the impressive leadership from LCpl Gerhard Wessels (Skipper), the team played their first game of the day against the second international team, the French Defence Force. This year’s playing style became clearly evident with tries flowing in from all angles of the park from LCpls’ Kava, Rokodunguni, Seru, Vakasawaqa, Wessels and Spr Laqekoro seeing the final score 63-0 as the referee blew his whistle for time.
The seasons last line of defence, LCpl Pate Vakasawaqa’s cool calm head upset the USMC attacks with some outstanding tackling for a player of his size which totally shocked the USMC and saw the ball being turned over to allow the rocketing pace of LCpls’ Seru, Speight and Rokoduguni running in tries, seeing the final score 43-0 which meant the Reds were in the final against the first team of the day, the French Defence Force.
The team had the support of the spectators and community which only speared them on to apply pressure from all areas of the pitch showing the skills experienced by many over the years and now on show in Denver, the local sports commentator even quoted that the team should be in the next Olympics showing the skills of this nature on display. However, the last word in the final was to the French who showed the flare expected by a French team with a chip over the defencive line to see their wing run in for a try in the corner of the park to give a final score of 68 – 12 to the Reds.
What an outstanding season, unbeaten in a domestic and international series showing some outstanding play under some extremely demanding situations by an ammature team who has the motto of “Soldier First and Sportsman Second”, the management team of Capt John Voss (HQ ARRC) and Cpl Alfred Vanua (Scots Guards) have lead the team to an unprecedent season claiming an unbeaten record – Well Done to you all.