British Army (Germany) overcame an Army ‘A’ XV 32pts—12 at Aldershot on the second match of their tour to UK. It was a clear victory for a well drilled team and showed that, despite the run-down, Army rugby is still well represented on the other side of the Channel.
Strong performances down the spine of the team allowed centres Joe Nalewabau (Rifles) and Vimataki to penetrate the Army defences resulting in five excellent tries.
Scrum half Al Whittaker (RE) and hooker Davis Banfield (PWRR) ensured the ball was won cleanly and distributed quickly. This high octane approach had the Army XV, largely recruited from the victorious U23 squad, scuttling across the park. Frequently it took the experienced eye, and words, of Craig Fillier (RMP) to steady the ship. Koms Komasiavi again showed up well in patches at lock—so much rugby talent and if only he could find a bigger engine great rewards could be round the corner.
BA(G) Defence coach Woody Mairara (PWRR) considered “ this was a pleasing performance and a victory for commitment to hard work. The squad had gelled well in training and now looked forward to tough matches against Belgium and Germany”.