Crawshay’s Welsh 31PTS – Combined Services 29
Crawshay’s Welsh XV came from behind on four occasions to overcome the Combined Services by 31PTS-29. Such spirit would have been appreciated by founder Captain Geoffrey Crawshay, formerly a member of the Welch Regiment and later the Welsh Guards.
Badly injured in WW1, which numbered his own playing career, Crawshay created a rugby XV in the newly formed Guards and then (following an invitation from the Navy) selected a team to play Devonport Services in 1922. What could be more appropriate, ninety years on than to play the Royal British Legion Remembrance Day Match against Crawshay’s Welsh XV at Pontypridd.
The match was a fast and at times contained furious opening passages of play. Crawshay’s looked the complete valley’s ticket hammering the Services line until Ben Seru broke clean out of defence. The siege having been lifted wing Sam Speight surfed the touchline, cut inside and finished in the corner. Ceri Cummings converted. That turned the tables for most of the game.
Three further tries fell to the Services , one by centre Peceli Nacamavuto who is proving increasingly difficult to stop.
Prop Ricky Reeves had a stormer alongside skipper Darrel Ball whilst the highlight must have been the return to form of Ledua Jope at No8. Former skipper of Fiji U21, Jope is now ex-ops and we look forward to his ‘rampages in red’ during the coming season.
Is there anyone left in the Royal Engineers who has not had a mention?. Oh yes, Army Sevens skipper Gerhard Wessels came on to shore up the tackling in the centre.
CSRFC is always going to be a ‘scratch’ XV but this lot took the mission seriously and contributed to a great game of rugby. It’s fifteen years since the Army played at Sardis Road—we want to return.