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Rifles pip Gunners in ARU Championship

The Gutersloh based Gunners 26 Regt RA hosted 5 RIFLES in the second of their scheduled Championship fixtures in the Western pool of the BAG competition. The Fri afternoon/evening floodlit fixture tested both teams in different areas of the game and watched by a large crowd including CRA and CO 26 Regt RA.

The Rifles took control of the early stages of the game with the majority of the possession and territory, forcing a number of infringements from the Gunners, this possession was duly turned into points from the boot of the fly half Capt Ben Cottenden. 6-0 The Gunners responded well despite being down to 14 men half way through the first session due to the sin binning of their lock, and through aggressive defence and quick reaction scored the first try of the game by the number 13, through a charge down. Unable to convert the try and with the score at 5 – 6 the Gunners looked more confident as more possession came their way, this confidence was short lived however as the second yellow card for their lock saw them permanently down to 14 men just before the break.

The second half saw the Rifles attempting to finish the game off and take advantage of the extra man and this looked realistic when they scored the first try of the second half, a well worked move through the back line ended with a touch down for the RIFLES player of the match the number 12 Rfn Nalewabua. The un-converted try took the score to 5 – 11. A sin binning for the try scorer equalled numbers for what was to be a golden period for the Gunners who managed through good support play and interaction between forward and backs their second try of the game, bringing the Rifles lead to within a point after the try remained unconverted. Continued pressure in the Rifles half allowed a number of penalty opportunities for the Gunners who could not convert the pressure into points. Another yellow card for the Gunners took them to 13 men and as a result they were unable to retain control of the latter part of the match. It was the RIFLES who were to finish the stronger, with a penalty as the last act of the game, final score 10 – 14 to the Rifles.

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