BAG closed their season unbeaten with a stunning demolition of Austria in Wiener Neustadt last Saturday. A small but partisan crowd cheered on the Austrians and their strength and bulk held the BAG team at bay and a tough afternoon looked on the cards.
The score remained close until the 26 minutewhen leading 8-7, BAG exploded into life. LCpl Vimitaki 4 SCOTS made nonsense of his non selection for senior honours this season as he sliced open the Austrian defence on three occasions scoring one try and setting up two others. Not one to miss out, former skipper Ben McNeil SCOTS DG scored and converted his own try to see BAG lead 34-7 at the break.
A change of tactics by the Austrians frustrated BAG and the game looked to beover as competition as the Austrians appeared happy to grind away in the forwards. The saying is ‘loose lips sink ships’ and so it was as a series of loose kicks sunk Austria with Rfn Jack Kirmond 5 Rifles adding to his season’s try tally after a mazy run and Rfn ‘Big Joe’ Nalewabau 5 Rifles far more agriculturally picking up half the Austrian forwards when going over from close range.
A further try from ‘Ice’ Matacagi SCOTS DG settled the day with BAG running out 53-15 winners after a late drive by the Austrians to get the final score.
The British Ambassador to Austria was on hand to present a BAG cap to Capt Ben McNeil who having passed the seven matches required when playing against Denmark became the latest player to be awarded a BAG cap.
The season maybe over for the BAG team but there will be more rugby action when an older vintage of BAG players, the BAG Veterans XV step out to do battle with Peterborough RFC on 20 April 13 in Sennelager.