British Army 40 – Defence Blacks 15
The British Army will face the Fiji Armed Forces in the Final of the Defence World Cup at the Harlequins STOOP on Thursday 29th October at 1900 hrs.
The Army overcame a spirited New Zealand team in the Semi Finals by 40pts — 15 thanks to a strong performance by a high octane pack topped with 7’s internationals Ifereimi Boladau [Fiji], Joe Naycavaou [Scotland] and Fiji international No6 Makulusio Koroiyadi.
Locks Will Jones and skipper Darrell Ball provided a massive presence in the loose and at the breakdown against a fierce and highly competitive Defence Blacks pack.
Try scorers included Tom Chennell, Boladau, Junior Bulumakau and left wing Chris Leathem who is playing an increased part in the Reds’ recent success.
The Defence Blacks put in a spirited performance and dominated the ball for periods of the second half scoring two good tries. The steady boot of full back Owain Davies, however, kept the Reds’ score sheet ticking to maintain a three-score cushion.
Looking ahead Army Head Coach Major Andy Sanger said “The Final of this amazing competition will bring together two great teams of totally contrasting styles and cultures. The Army will play for the sort of platform that overcame the Defence Blacks. We need to control the natural flair of the Fijians who, we know, will want to counterattack anywhere, any time and anyhow. This is the supreme battle for control of territory and the ball by men who genuinely know what it means to give their ‘all’.
It is utterly poignant that two Armed Forces that fought so closely together in the World War 1 trenches should again meet one week from Remembrance Day to challenge for the trophy that commemorates the selfless sacrifice of Arthur Harrison VC, the only England international, to win the Victoria Cross.
Tickets can be obtained from Harlequins website: www.quins.co.uk or at the gate.