The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards retained their Army Sevens title at Aldershot on 17th May. The Germany champions from Fallingbostel put on a fine display of adventurous and disciplined sevens to defeat the 2 R Welsh by 33pts—5.
The final score might suggest one-way traffic but in the early stages only fine energy sapping defence kept the Welsh out of the trenches.
Skipper Lt Alasdair Maclaurin had the Armoured Corps soldiers well prepared, fit and benefitting from previous tournaments on the Continent. Maybe their biggest asset was their alertness where they pounced on surprising Welsh errors.
The fashionable ‘lob miss-move’ is always a risky tactic. Against the reigning Dragoons it proved suicidal and, effectively, interceptions surrendered a three try lead.
Marty Komaiyasa, who scored a hat-trick, ran the show from half back and was well supported by Isoa Matagi throughout six gruelling rounds.
Skipper Lt Alasdair Maclaurin was very proud of his team and clear that this victory was good for BA(G) rugby which ,he thought , had been somewhat overlooked in recent years.
At the semi -final stage the two battalions of the Royal Welsh had met for the last time before they merge. Both have made wonderful contributions to Army rugby over the years and, together, we expect them to come forward strongly.
In the Plate Competition ATR Pirbright beat RMA Sandhurst 24pts-20.
In the Women’s event the AGC and REME fought a spirited final before the AGC edged it 24 pts –17.